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Kristina Duda, R.N.

How Bad Is The Flu Near You?

By January 11, 2013

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With news reports about the flu outbreak everywhere lately, you may be concerned about how bad the flu is near you. But how do you find out? National news outlets and the CDC have told us that 47 states were reporting widespread flu activity as of the first week of January (ending January 5th). High levels of flu mean we officially have a flu epidemic in the United States. If you know anyone who has had the flu this year, you likely know that the virus is severe. This particular flu season is the worst seasonal flu we have seen in nearly a decade. But none of this information is helpful to you if you don't know how bad it is where you live.

Watching your local news or reading local papers may be helpful to get a general idea about how bad the flu is in your community. The CDC also provides a map of the United States with reported flu levels on its website. Here at About Cold and Flu we have links to the CDC's flu activity map, Google's Flu Trends map and reports of flu activity from the Health Departments of every state in the country. To get information about official flu reports in your local area, finding your state's Health Department website is the best place to start.

If you want to know if the flu is near you, this is the place to start:

If you are sick and wondering if you might have the flu, take our quick and easy quiz:


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March 14, 2013 at 9:42 pm
(1) Boris says:

Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

March 15, 2013 at 10:48 am
(2) Kristina Duda says:

Thanks, Boris. We have been having some issues with our blog software. They are working to get it fixed, hopefully it will be back to normal soon! I appreciate you letting me know.

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