The United States is undergoing one of the most severe flu seasons in years. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publish weekly influenza updates that inform individuals of how many people are experiencing flu-like symptoms, how many hospitalizations and how may deaths. Although these reports are helpful, the information is about two weeks old once it is published. Experts have turned to Twitter for real-time information and with the GPS information that can be gathered from every tweet, the information is more detailed and valuable than the CDCs. The information being gathered from tweets can track outbreaks and also predict when and where the outbreak will spread. Early warnings of the flu will also encourage people to get vaccinated. Even though the word “sick” can be used in many contexts, researchers have been more efficient in filtering tweets to ensure the data is accurate. Easy access to real-time information is a huge advantage because people are able to become aware of the flu much faster than if notified by the CDC.