Spotlight: Is Influenza Where You Are?

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Influenza season is upon us, which means millions of people in the U.S. will become infected with influenza virus and approximately 200,000 of them will require hospitalizations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a way to monitor seasonal influenza activity. FluView is a weekly surveillance report of influenza activity throughout the United States. The report also includes an interactive map and applications that illustrate a state-by-state and geographic breakdown of influenza activity and spread.

Another option for monitoring influenza disease is available through a partnership between the CDC and Google. Flu Trends is an aggregated data searching model that capitalizes on search terms related to influenza to track movement of the disease throughout different geographic regions.

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Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health. You should not use it to replace any relationship with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult your physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.