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Flu Activity by State

Is The Flu Near You

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Updated September 15, 2013

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When the flu hits you, it doesn't really matter how prevalent it is across the rest of the country. But if you haven't gotten sick yet, you may be interested in the amount of flu activity in your state so you can be prepared.

CDC Flu View

Since the flu hits different areas at different times, the CDC reports flu activity weekly and by state. The CDC's weekly "Flu View" tracks flu activity across the country and compares flu activity from the past several flu seasons as well.

Google Flu Trends

Google's Flu Trends tool is not an official flu tracking instrument because it does not collect information from doctors and hospitals that report diagnosed cases of the flu. Instead, they track the number of people that are searching terms related to the flu in each state and several countries around the world. Although it is not official, their results closely relate to those of the CDC.

State Health Departments

If you are looking for more in-depth information about the flu in your state, your local health department may have what you need. Many (but not all) of the state health department websites track flu activity across their states. You may also be able to find out where to get a flu vaccine near you -- possibly even for free.

International Locations

If you don't live in the United States, that doesn't mean the flu isn't near you. The World Health Organization (WHO) and other countries also keep track of flu activity around the world. If you are looking for information about flu activity somewhere other than the United States, try these sources:

Whether the flu has come to where you live or not, you should still take all the steps you can to prepare.

If you are sick and wondering if your symptoms could be caused by the flu, take our quick and easy quiz to get the answers you are looking for:

Source:

"Surveillance & Flu Activity." Seasonal Flu 20 Aug 07. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 27 Sep 07.

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