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Google Maps out Flu Trends for Oklahoma and Nation

First Med Urgent Care: Reporting flu trends

Google has a powerful “mind” and you may have contributed to it’s nationwide Flu tracking ability. Have you searched for Flu information using the search engine recently?

Below is the explanation from Google on how they can track trends in the flu season with the searches they receive and traditional flu surveillance systems:

Each week, millions of users around the world search for health information online. As you might expect, there are more flu-related searches during flu season.

We have found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Of course, not every person who searches for “flu” is actually sick, but a pattern emerges when all the flu-related search queries are added together. We compared our query counts with traditional flu surveillance systems and found that many search queries tend to be popular exactly when flu season is happening. By counting how often we see these search queries, we can estimate how much flu is circulating in different countries and regions around the world.

Pretty cool, huh? We thought so.

Compare it to past years…Does the pattern look like last year’s? Do you think this flu season will be intense like it was in January? What was the most intense flu year? From research, we can learn that the flu season hasn’t hit it’s peek yet, but it is gearing up. Now is the time to get your flu vaccinations. It takes two weeks for the flu shot to fully take effect, so get in to one of our urgent care clinics soon before the peek hits Oklahoma in the months of December through February.

Check out this video explaining how Google makes this work.