Have you gotten your child her flu shot yet? Google has been tracking flu season trends since 2006 - and 2013 is looking to be the worst year yet.
Searches around flu have spiked to the highest point ever since Google started tracking data, reports Mashable. And there is a strong correlation between regional flu-related Google searches and actual real-life flu activity. The trend line shows a dramatic uptick of flu-related searches for December 2012. Meaning, the flu is coming whether you're ready or not:
The CDC says that the best way to prevent getting the flu is with a flu shot, as well as covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and washing your hands often.
Read up on ways to keep your family healthy and safe from the flu this season: