FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --Even with a flu shot, taking vitamin-C, and washing your hands to keep germs away an average of 200,000 people are hospitalized for the flu each year.
With dipping temperatures comes coughing and sneezing. Five to Twenty percent of the US population will get the flu this year, but these three apps can help fight the illness.
The influenza virus can live for two to eight hours on surfaces. This surprising fact and more are found on Flu Defender. With categories like symptom identifier, vaccine assistant, and flu smart users will find the resources they need to feel better.
If you can't shake the flu symptoms alone, ZocDoc books you a doctor's appointment through the app-- it even has you enter your health insurance information for easy payment. You can view a doctor's credentials, read real reviews, and see their specialties so you know who's best to treat you.
Finally, Sickweather's Five Day Map shows you where and how the flu's progressed. And after flu season ends, use this app to track other respiratory infections, stomach viruses, allergies, and childhood illnesses happening across the nation.
Remember, the flu is extremely contagious. It can be contracted through touching a surface with the flu virus or having germs land in your mouth, nose, or eyes from an infected person.
All three apps are free but a flu shot, enough sleep, and a healthy diet are still the best ways to stay well.