Track the Flu, Get a Flu Shot

Google has unveiled its Google Flu Trends, which they estimate to be two to three weeks ahead of the conventional tracking methods used by the CDC. It looks like the flu is already gaining momentum in parts of the South and East Coast. Right now, Minnesota has low flu activity so it’s a good time to get your flu shot if you haven’t already.

You can receive flu shots at all MinuteClinic locations, and at the local Target and Walgreens stores that have attached clinics. Most of the flu shots offered in these settings will run you under $30. You can also find the closest flu shot clinic near you through the MN Dept of Health. Their site also includes vaccine prices and the types of accepted insurance.

A nasal spray alternative, FluMist, has been on the market for a few years now. You can search from the front page of the website to find where it is being offered near you.

(P.S. Hello, I’m new here. I will try not to be as boring in the future!)

4 Comments so far

  1. derushaj on November 13th, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

    I’ve got some norovirus info you could share if you’re into that.
    Nice to see you blogging here, Julie.

  2. Julie (julie) on November 13th, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

    Thank you! I’d love any info, the last I heard it was affecting dozens of students at UW-Madison and at a college in Michigan. I hope it doesn’t pop up at the U…

  3. Track the Flu, get a Flu Shot | Bekiyrah (pingback) on November 16th, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

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  4. greg on November 17th, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

    I think people should start live-tweeting when they sneeze. I would love to see a Google Maps api mash-up of that.

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