Smartphone Apps to Help This Flu Season

Use your smartphone to ward off this season's flu.

By Laura Merritt on January 15, 2013

According to the latest flu advisory report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu has been spreading fiercely across the United States, with more than half of states reporting widespread activity. The season has started earlier and cases are more severe than last year, health officials say.

The report, issued on Friday, Jan. 11, covers the week of Dec. 30 through Jan. 5, and states that 47 states have widespread influenza activity, which was an increase of 41 states from the previous week.

Odds are you or someone you know has been hit with the flu this season. Knowing how to prevent and treat the flu is vital and with mobile apps available on your smartphone and tablet, arming yourself with the information you need is within easy reach.

Flu Near You app helps you find and report flu activity in your area and also includes Vaccine Finder, which identifies nearby locations offering the flu vaccine and provides directions.

The ZocDoc app finds nearby doctors and includes a map of doctors in many insurance networks. It also allows you to view available timeslots and schedules appointments from your smartphone.

For information on how to treat illness that might not require a trip to the doctor, the WebMD app allows you to check the part of your body that is troubling you, identify your symptoms and learn about potential conditions. It also includes medically-reviewed information about conditions related to you and advice for treatments. You can also find information and reviews on drugs, supplements and vitamins. Information includes uses, side effects, warnings and more.

While these apps may not cure the flu, they just might help you and your family avoid it or get the treatment you need quickly and easily.