If you frequently travel you are probably concerned about where the biggest outbreaks of the flu are, there's an app for that. According to media specialist Tim O'Brien, the App Illness Tracker and Doctorsreport.com can help you out.

According to Tim and the Doctors Report Illness Tracker, the severity level of the flu nationally is 9.5 on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being most severe) for the third consecutive week.

Equal severity levels among numerous metros where the flu is strongest have not made it possible to provide simple numerical rankings at this time. DoctorsReport.com is listing 27 metros according to severity level (High to Serious) with no attempt to assign each a numerical ranking.

Cities reporting a Very High Severity are:

·         Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH at 9.5.
·         Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC at 9.5.
·         Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD at 9.5.
·         Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV at 9.5.
·         Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL at 9.5.
·         Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI at 9.5.
·         Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL at 9.5.
·         Jacksonville, FL at 9.5.
·         Richmond, VA at 9.5.
·         Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY at 9.5.
·         New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA at 9.0.
·         Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD at 9.0.
·         Cleveland-Elyria, OH at 9.0.
·         Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA at 8.5.
·         Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN at 8.5.
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL at 8.5.

In the high category is:

  • ·         Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX at 7.5.
    ·         Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI at 7.0.
    ·         Pittsburgh, PA at 7.0.
    ·         Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN at 6.5.
    ·         Columbus, OH at 6.5.
    ·         Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI at 6.5.
    ·         Austin-Round Rock, TX at 6.5.

And in the serious category:

·         Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI at 6.0.
·         Birmingham-Hoover, AL at 6.0.
·         Raleigh, NC at 6.0.
·         Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN at 6.0

Minneapolis -St. Paul was also in the serious category for Flu A.

Influenza (“flu") is a respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu can be severe and, especially for the young and very weak, be life-threatening. Flu-related illnesses that can result include pneumonia, asthma, and dehydration.

Please note - the Influenza A virus also may be serious, especially for infants, elderly and immune-compromised people.

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