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These 4 apps will help you survive flu season

These 4 apps will help you survive flu season
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We're all happy about the cooler temperatures of fall, but nobody is thrilled that it's flu season. This time of year is meant for pumpkin spice lattes and jumping in leaf piles, not being stuck in bed with a fever.

You're probably already taking the obvious steps to avoid getting sick. You're taking your vitamins, washing your hands more often and sanitizing everything you own. But did you know there are some apps that can help you out, too? Watch this short video to learn more.

We chose these apps because they're free, and when combined, they'll help you survive flu season. Here's a quick breakdown of what each app does.

1. A better thermometer

The Kinsa Smart Thermometer plugs into your smartphone and keeps track of your family's health information via the app. The app can be downloaded for free by both Apple and Android users, but the thermometer itself costs $20-$25. Readings are fast and the app displays your temperature, along with any associated symptoms. You can then save the data, or redo the process to compare results.

Data collection is where the Kinsa Thermometer really shines. Other thermometers read your temperature, spit out the data, and you're left on your own to figure it out. But the Kinsa helps you with its age-specific fever and symptom guidance that helps you know when it’s important to see a doctor.

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