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Google wants you to beat the flu

Google wants you to beat the flu
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With the flu season coming around again, it's important to know what you're up against this season. That's why you need to be prepared by practicing healthy habits and by tracking outbreaks near you.

Google aggregates data for almost everything, and the flu is no exception. That's why it's updated its Flu Trends site with more accurate data from the CDC for the rest of 2014 and 2015.

With Google Flu Trends, you can see recent and historic infection trends by country, state and region. Google collects this information by analyzing flu-related search queries, which can help track the spread of the virus so public officials can quickly respond to outbreaks and act accordingly.

However, last year, Flu Trends didn't exactly get it right. It overestimated the number of outbreaks, which could also be in part due to heavy media coverage of the illness.

Google is hoping this year will be different. The latest updated have added data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help improve its accuracy.

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