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The Flu Tracker is based on incoming calls regarding seasonal flu to Sharp's Nurse Connection call center, an after-hours service for Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group patients. The Flu Tracker is not tracking actual instances of diagnosis of the flu, but rather the volume of calls to the call center. In years past, tracking call volume has been a valuable tool for gauging the progress of flu in San Diego.
To create the Flu Tracker, we studied data from previous years to establish a baseline of call volume during the non-flu season, and then created ranges from there.
The Flu Tracker is updated every Monday, based on the previous week's calls.
For more information about treating and preventing the flu, go to Seasonal and H1N1 (Swine) Flu.
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For help choosing the Sharp-affiliated doctor who is right for you, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm, or go to Find a Doctor.
For More Information
To learn more about Sharp's services or to find a Sharp-affiliated physician, search for San Diego doctors or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about flu care health, visit Influenza in Adult Health or read the Infectious Diseases News archive.