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.