So, I’m part of these statistics. In case you’re not sure what you’re looking at, Google tracks certain search terms and correlates them into graphs like these. The more people searching for the word “flu” the more likelihood they have it. As you can see, the seasonal flu hit a few months early this year and I was at least ten of those searches.
Kind of interesting that Google can give us near-instant results about how bad the flu is.
In case you’re curious, the previous early spike was from September 2009 and was related to the H1N1 “Swine flu”. This is the earliest the seasonal flu has spiked in a long time.