Sickweather is proud to announce that we have partnered with Families Fighting Flu, a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer-based advocacy organization dedicated to protecting children and their families against influenza. Each year influenza kills upwards of 56,000 Americans, including 100 children. Unfortunately many people are unaware of the dangers this potentially deadly disease can pose. Through this partnership, Sickweather and Families Fighting Flu will share tips on ways to prevent the flu and information that separates myths from facts regarding the disease and vaccination. "Families Fighting Flu already does an excellent job of providing resources and tools that families can use in the fight against the flu," said Graham Dodge, CEO of Sickweather. "We are proud to partner with them to amplify their voice, provide additional tips and encourage families to use our consumer app to track the flu in their community." Just as a Doppler radar scans the skies for bad weather, Sickweather's algorithm scans social networks and third party data sources for indicators of illness, allowing you to check the chance of sickness through SickScore on its app as easily as you can check for the chance of rain. SickScore works by analyzing nearby contagious illnesses found in over 6 million reports gathered and processed each month from combined sources including: social media, the Sickweather community, and Sickweather partner apps like The Weather Channel. "We are always looking for new and helpful ways for families, advocates and healthcare practitioners to fight the flu, beyond just vaccination," said Serese Marotta, Chief Operating Officer of Families Fighting Flu. "Sickweather is an innovative tool that can help families track the level of illness in their community and take appropriate action to prevent their children and themselves from being infected. We look forward to working together to increase awareness of the flu and to help people understand the steps they can take to prevent this potentially deadly disease."