Curious about how your state or local area is fairing in the ongoing flu outbreak? Online maps are available to give you a better sense of conditions near you.
The medical-information site WebMD offers an interactive tool that allows you to see how severe cold and flu symptoms are in state and local areas.
Just click on your state or input your ZIP code to get a local view. The data are based on user entries into WebMD's Symptom Checker and include severity ratings on symptoms such as cough, sore throat and nasal congestion. Articles on the site also contain tips on prevention and dealing with cold and flu symptoms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates a weekly influenza activity map that directs consumers to state health departments for local information. The data are based on weekly influenza activity estimates reported by state and territorial epidemiologists. In addition, the CDC offers a FluView report, which allows the public to access influenza information online that's been collected by the agency’s monitoring systems.