Free government apps serve as public resource in dealing with flu


Amid a particularly severe and early flu season, the General Services Administration is reminding the public that there are government apps available to help people deal with the flu outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's FluView app helps track flu-like illness activity around the country so users can monitor outbreaks in their local area. Users can view trends over several weeks.

The app draws on multiple sources including the Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network, which consists of more than 3,000 health care providers reporting more than 30 million patient visits each year. The app is only available for iOS devices.

In addition, the CDC's main app and mobile site feature pertinent health articles, updates and access to related social media.

The Health Resources and Services Administration within the Health and Human Services Department has an app that helps users locate nearby federally funded health centers.

On Jan. 11, the CDC released data that shows the United States having an early flu season, with most of the country experiencing high levels of flu-like illness. Forty-seven states reported widespread flu activity for the week between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5, an increase from 41 states in the previous week.

For more:
- read the Mobile Gov blog post

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