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Technology Why you should track flu outbreaks this flu season

17:05  09 october  2019
17:05  09 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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If you've ever had the flu, you know just how bad the symptoms can be. From a sore throat, cough, aches, chills and a high fever -- it's not fun and can lead to more serious issues, even death in severe cases. In fact, the CDC estimates that from October 2018-May 2019, there were 37.4 million-42.9 million reported flu illnesses, and between 36,400-61,200 deaths from the flu.

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Tracking flu activity in your area can help prevent you from getting sick.

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Why flu is so unpredictable. Flu viruses are always competing to infect and pass between people - the virus strains most successful at this are the ones that will When a flu outbreak becomes a pandemic. Seasonal flu - as we are currently experiencing - happens every year and usually peaks in the UK in

Should you still get a flu shot, why is this year so bad, and This season , the predominant strain is also the nastiest, H3N2, which causes the worst outbreaks It's possible this flu season has already peaked because visits to the doctor's office and hospital emergency rooms have started to decrease.

If those numbers aren't enough to make you want to get a flu shot, then just talk to someone who had the flu last year and, chances are, they'll tell you they wish they would have gotten the shot.

Getting a flu shot is one way to protect yourself, and you can also prevent exposure by avoiding areas with outbreaks by keeping track of flu activity in areas that you live or will visit. Keep reading to learn more about why you should track the flu and how to do it.

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Why you should track the flu

There are several reasons you may want to keep track of flu activity, primarily that you'll know when it's active in your area. If this is the case, you'll want to be sure you're vaccinated to prevent the chance of getting sick.

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This year's flu season has been dominated by H3N2, a particularly nasty strain which is linked to more severe illnesses, especially among adults over the According to the CDC's weekly Flu View report, 48 states are still reporting widespread influenza outbreaks -- every state except Hawaii and Oregon

Last year's flu season was a nightmare with a vaccine that turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. But health officials said some improvements have been made to better combat the nasty Here's what's new with this season 's vaccine and why you shouldn't delay getting your flu shot any longer

Knowing that there is flu in your area may also prompt you to get a vaccination sooner, according to Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and infectious disease expert. "Tracking the flu is helpful for the general public who are planning when to get their vaccination — they may have procrastinated and knowing that flu activity is occurring near their location may prompt them to get vaccination," Adalja told CNET.

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Additionally, Adalja said tracking the flu is important for community organizers, educators or people who work at schools and event planners since certain events and gatherings may not be ideal during a bad outbreak in a community.

"If you are in an area with an outbreak, it's important to be vaccinated and to practice good hygiene (frequent hand washing). Also, if you have symptoms it's important to seek evaluation especially if you have unremitting fever, shortness of breath, are pregnant, or at high-risk for flu complications because of pre-existing medical problems," Adalja said.

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Why Smart Doctors Don’t Get Flu Shots. Flu death statistics are usually tallied from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report database. If you feel like you should get the flu vaccine for your child, then do so. I've seen a few families get the flu this season . Every single one of them were vaccinated.

Again, one of the best ways to actively prevent the flu is through immunization, but if you're looking for other ways to prevent it, tracking can help. That's especially important for people who cannot get vaccinated or have compromised immune systems.

How to track the flu

A variety of websites and apps provide flu tracking services that let you see where the flu is active. Some sites also provide predictions or "risk assessments" for your area in the future. Most of these sites are driven by data collected from official health professionals, but a few (like Flu Near You) rely on crowdsourcing, and you can report your own symptoms directly if you'd like.

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Everyday Health Flu Map

The Everyday Health Flu Map allows you to enter your ZIP code and the system generates flu risk and predictions for the upcoming season for your location. The map will tell you if your area is considered a moderate or severe risk in the next month.

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Flu Near You

Flu Near You displays a map of areas where there's flu activity from user-reported symptoms as well as from reports from the CDC. You can report your own symptoms (even if you're not sure if it's a flu diagnosis yet) to help the site keep track of data in real time. You can also see what the average flu activity is like across the country in the past seven days.

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This is the basis for flu vaccination and why you have to get a new vaccine jab every year. There are three red flags this flu season , and they are that H3N2 viruses typically cause more hospitalisations and deaths in older people, there are difficulties in producing effective H3N2 vaccines (explained

Has the flu season peaked? Yes, it appears to have. About 6.4 percent of Americans visiting doctors in the week ending February Flu activity was rated “high” in 39 states, as well as in New York City, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 9 that the season was “on track to break some recent records.”

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CDC Weekly Flu Map

The CDC Flu Map shows the number of reported cases and flu activity in each state (Note: The map has not been updated yet for the 2019-2020 flu season). The CDC updates the reports weekly during flu season and also compares the current trends to previous flu seasons.

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Sickweather

Sickweather is an app that relies on "social media forecasting" to gather data on where the flu is active in metropolitan areas. The app then makes an assessment of how much risk is in your area and can forecast future trends.

Keep in mind that Sickweather uses crowdsourcing and social media to make its predictions, but according to the website, the data is "regularly correlated and validated against available data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)."

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