Cold and flu season has been around for a very, very long time. However, whereas the ways to treat and prevent other diseases have moved forward, we are still doing a lot of the same things to treat the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 20% of the US population will get the flu this season, and over 200,000 people will be hospitalized because of it.
While it is imperative that you get the flu shot if you can, there are some other approaches that you can take this year. Technology is allowing you to get the best care possible this year.
To get flu-related rate, flu cures, and updates on where the flu is, try these apps:
This is the official app of the flu this year. It is from the CDC, so you know all of the information is accurate and up to date. This allows you to see exactly where the flu is in your community. It has a color-coded map that allows you to see if things are good or bad wherever you go. This is great for people who travel frequently.
In addition to the map, you also get access to flu-related articles and podcasts.
In an app that is similar to FluView, Sickweather allows you to see the general illness rating of your general area. This one uses social media, so it isn't quite as scientific, to gather information about the different sicknesses around you. You can keep this on your phone all year to find out about everything from head lice to pink eye.
If you do get sick, and it happens to the best of us during flu season, you need to get to the doctor. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get an appointment right away, especially if everyone else gets sick as well. ZocDoc connects you with doctors in your area that do have appointments, all you need to do is give your insurance information.
Doctors on Demand
If you don't want to go to the doctor at all, Doctors on Demand is an app that can get you an appointment with a doctor at your sickbed. For $40, you'll have a video conference with your doctor. All of the doctors are board-certified in your state.
If you don't have the flu full-on yet, or you have another seasonal problem, you might need some help beating it so that you can get up and go to work. Home Remedies+ is a great way to find recipes and solutions for ailments. Some are simple and use foods and things you already have, while others are a little more inventive.
The flu season this year is going to be a bad one, according to the CDC. For more information on where to get a flu shot, when to get a flu shot, and other information, see our Flu Season 2016 information guide.