What if we could accurately track and combat the flu several weeks ahead of the Centers for Disease Control? Well, it turns out we can. Welcome to the future, folks – we’ve been living in it for a few years now thanks to Google Flu Trends. Here’s how it works:
There’s another key insight to glean from the data – and no, it’s not that Google could probably track a zombie outbreak (although that might someday prove useful). Looking at US data from years past, you’ll see that each flu season is different not only in terms of intensity, but also in when the most intense periods occur. The 2012-2013 flu season was most intense in early January. The 2009-2010 season peaked in October. And February had the highest flu activity for 2007-2008.
To quote the CDC, “Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe.” That’s why it’s important to get your flu shot now. If you wait, you could be too late. And ultimately, you can’t Google your way out of the flu virus – you need to protect yourself with a flu shot.
If you’re about to Google “where do I get a flu shot,” look no further than your local FastMed Urgent Care clinic. Find your nearest location and get your flu shot today for just $20.]]>