Just when I was beginning to think the electronic industry
had exhausted every task that a computer could do…I uncovered another
surprising feat. Now it seems that computers can predict sneezes.
Annually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
release comprehensive alerts and reports regarding seasonal influenza (flu) and
vaccines. This information is released so that persons at high risk of serious
flu illnesses can be swiftly and appropriately treated. And it must be helpful
because in December 2013, the CDC estimated that vaccinations that were
administered during the year prevented more than 6.6 million illnesses and
Electronic information already plays a role in educating the
public through iOS and Android applications. The CDC developed theses apps for
clinicians and health are professionals to easy access to the latest
recommendations. Updates can be accessed on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or
The disciplines of physics and information technology have
also created an information pool of flu data. It appears that a recent
innovation is a computer model that has the capability of predicting the
evolution of the influenza virus strains. According to the joint research
efforts of Columbia University and University of Cologne researchers, this
electronic model can systematically predict the which pathogen will evolve from
one year to the next.
All of the flu data from both the CDC and the two
universities are extremely valuable, in that this pre-knowledge is valuable in
that it will allow healthcare professionals to select vaccine medications for
certain influenza strain.