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Walgreens Publishes New Flu Index Infographic

Walgreens Publishes New Flu Index InfographicAlthough flu season is nearing an end, cases of this year’s particularly tough strain of the dreaded virus are on the upswing in several states.

Harnessing the full power of the digital age to spread awareness and hopefully not the virus, Walgreens has just published its latest Flu Index, a weekly report and corresponding infographic developed to provide state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country.

“With the ability to generate hyper-local data that’s as specific as a single zip code, the Index aims to drive consumer awareness and prevention within communities, while also serving as a valuable resource for health departments, media and others at the local level,” a provided statement reads.
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The Promise of Mobile Tech in Focus During Flu Season

The Promise of Mobile Tech in Focus During Flu SeasonAccording to a recent report by the CDC, from 1976 to 2006, between 3,000 and 49,000 people have died every year due to complications from the flu.

People 18 to 64 years of age accounted for nearly two-thirds of all flu-related hospitalizations and deaths in last year’s H1N1 epidemic.

Of course, flu outbreaks and death are nothing new. During the 1918 pandemic, more than 500 million people worldwide were infected and between 50 and 100 million died- nearly 5% of the planet’s population.

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Smartphone App May Help Track Flu Activity This Season

Smartphone App May Help Track Flu Activity This SeasonThe University of Wisconsin Madison Population Health Sciences Department recently partnered with Survey Analytics to develop a smartphone app for students, faculty and staff that is spreading, shall we say, like the flu itself.

The app, fittingly, will be used to track flu activity on campus. This crowdsourcing experiment will allow real-time flu surveillance data to be captured through an app called OutSmart Flu, now available for download through the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Led by Population Health Sciences professor Dr. Ajay Sethi and doctoral student Christine Muganda, this experiment will gauge if a smartphone app and social engagement can predict flu outbreaks more quickly than traditional clinic-based reporting.
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