Flu tracking at a city level - Google and CDC

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    This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week. The CDC has designated this week to highlight the importance of getting a flu shot.

    In contrast to the unusually early spike of flu activity we saw this October, Google Flu Trends is currently showing a low level of activity in the United States. Since the strain of influenza that is active (H1N1) is novel, no one knows exactly what will happen next. However, the CDC is warning that one possibility is a second spike of flu activity, which is what occured in 1957 when another novel strain of influenza spread in the United States. From Google.org blog
    Google has also marked the week with a new addition to its site. Its Flu Trends service is tracking flu activity in cities across the country. Google has found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity.

    This is a pretty cool tool to play around with. The city level data is still limited, but still a handy tool.

    cities: http://www.google.org/flutrends/us/#cities

    Flu Trends around the world: http://www.google.org/flutrends/

    watch this demo how the Google search terms correlate with the CDC findings: http://www.google.org/flutrends/about/how.html

    What do you think about this new trending tool? I love seeing technology assisting in predictive trends
    Last edit by brian on Jan 14, '10
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    Maybe I am the only geek that finds this techy info to be interesting I get that that alot Things that I think are cool, other people just don't find them interesting
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    Quote from brian
    Maybe I am the only geek that finds this techy info to be interesting I get that that alot Things that I think are cool, other people just don't find them interesting
    happens to me too


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