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Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Flu

It's not often (except for politics), that you are asked to participate in the collection of data, but, if you or your family members have the flu, you can go online to a site called, Flu Near You, and report it. Data is collected to keep track of the disease this winter (peak flu season is February).

Reporting is anonymous, so you needn't worry about your privacy. Flu Near You was created through a partnership between HealthMap at Boston Children’s Hospital, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Skoll Global Threats Fund.

Besides your contribution, Flu Near You is also a source of news and information about flu and other viruses, such as the Zika virus.

To learn more about the flu, visit the Center for Disease Control. Fighting the Flu by Robyn Hardyman [J 616.2 HAR] is a book written for children that would be worth reading, and sharing with your kids, as its information is presented simply.

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