When the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) comes out with an app, you know it's pretty important. They're not usually in the business of making apps. After all, their job is to help keep the public healthy.
But according to their research, the flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths every season. It's so common that people often forget it can be serious. If exposed under the right conditions, catching the flu can be fatal.
This is why the CDC wishes you'd use its app, FluView. The app allows you to see where the influenza virus is breaking out across the country. You can also monitor trends as it spreads and get access to state health department websites for local information.
Tapping on a particular state takes you to the appropriate health department page. This provides additional information on how the virus is moving around in your state.
Data from the app is based on the percentage of outpatient visits that are being reported. The CDC has a network of over 3,000 healthcare providers in each state, which report more than 30 million patient visits each year. It also tracks various strands of the virus, providing detailed information on Avian, Swine, Variant, Pandemic and other types of influenza.
Currently, the app is only available for Apple users. It is a free download in the app store.