I don't understand all of the recent hype regarding Google Flu Trends. Big deal. The CDC also has a map that they update, only the CDC uses real numbers. Google's map is entirely based on search trends and supposedly provides a 2-week lead.
What's the point of this if you haven't gotten a flu shot? If you don't want to get a flu shot, fine, but what good is Google's 2-week lead when it takes 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to take full effect? I also question the validity of finding influenza outbreaks based on search terms. In states like Florida, where there are lots of elderly retired people who truly need the annual vaccine, wouldn't searches using the word "flu" increase this time of year anyway even though there is no flu outbreak? Lots of people are looking for the nearest place to get their flu vaccine.
Nice bit of PR for Google, though.
My kids and I got our flu shots last night, BTW. What are you waiting for?