NEW YORK (
It's flu season right now. And this year, it's an
You may have already gotten a flu shot, but it can take up to fourteen days
to become effective.
At the rate the flu is spreading, you might not have two weeks to spare.
So take your vitamins, wash your hands and...turn on your smartphone. Yep, there are apps for that, too.
took a look at the flu apps available on
App Store and
Play, and these are your best resources for keeping the flu away from you. Or near you, if you're looking to fit in. Cough cough.
Even the CDC has an app these days. Download it and you'll remain disease free. Well, maybe.
Keep an eye on the flu with the "influenza activity and surveillance" section.
Worried about the shot? The vaccination tab explains everything in a pinch.
And do your research before taking any pills. The "antiviral drugs" tab will give you the 411.
The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Flu Near You
If you haven't gotten a vaccine yet...well, what are you waiting for?
Have no fear, Flu Near You will tell you where to go. The app uses your location to identify clinics with flu shots near you.
The Flu Map section will give you an indication of flu activity in your area. New York's not looking too hot right now.
You can also report flu symptoms via the app...so, be a statistic.
The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 5.0 or later. It's available on Android as well.
Not sure if you have the flu?
"symptom checker " will help you figure out what's wrong with you. Tap the mannequin to highlight the body parts that are troubling you the most.
After reading about all the worst case scenarios, you'll probably be tempted to call a doctor. (Chances are you're not dying).
Fortunately, the app can help you with that, too. Use location-tracking to find a local physician or hospital.
You can also keep track of your medications with a free registration to a WebMD account.
The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 3.0 or later. It's also available on Android.
Being sick is the perfect excuse for being lazy. There's no need to get out of bed. Better yet, don't even sit up.
Fortunately, laziness just got easier. TaskRabbit will get you out of doing any task.
From shopping to food delivery to "virtual tasks," post a chore and find a local "rabbit" to do it for you (for a fee).
Who says your flu week needs to be unproductive? Hop to it!
The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 5.0 or later. It comes on Android as well.
So you didn't get the flu...and you need to avoid work (NOT RECOMMENDED) or cancel a date.
SickFree! will help you fake it, Ferris Bueller style. Press "sneeze" and hear "Achoo!"
If you're worried that your sneeze wasn't feminine enough, be sure to click "female." That recording should have them fooled.
The other caller's still not convinced? After you hit "gag," they'll be wishing you well.
The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 3.1 or later.
Written by Katie Roof in New York.