When Flu Season Hits! Apps For Sick Days

Weekly Smartphone Apps

Round up your tissue boxes and snuggle up tight beneath the sheets: flu season is back. Whether it's the sniffles, fever, or flu, something always seems to be going around at the change of the seasons. A sick day spent in bed is sometimes unavoidable, so why not buckle down under your coziest comforter and fight off the symptoms with medicine, soups, and even a few apps like these to see you safely through the thick of it.

iOS

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Left: Flu Defender - Right: Reader's Digest Easy Home Remedies

Flu Defender
Flu Defender is the all-in-one guide to everything influenza, from identifying early symptoms to prevention strategies. Read up on flu facts and see which parts of the country are currently being affected. Getting vaccinated is the best prevention for the flu, and Flu Defender has the information to find the flu vaccine provider nearest you. Free

Reader's Digest Easy Home Remedies
You're sick, hungry and just woke up, but then you think to yourself: "should I have an omelette while I have the flu?" Readers' Digest own Home Remedies app is incredibly informative on foods that help or hinder symptoms and can guide you towards the foods you should be eating while sick. It has information on 74 ailments ranging from acne to yeast infection,s and even tells you how common kitchen ingredients can boost your everyday health. Free

Android

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Left: Med Helper - Right: Is It Contagious?

Med Helper
When you're sick everything is a blur, so it's difficult to remember the next time to take your medicine. The Med Helper app is great for keeping track of your prescriptions, as well as giving you a nudge when the next dosage comes around. The widget function makes entering pill information quick and painless so you'll have a reference for the last time you took your medicine. Free
Equivalent for iOS/WP7

Is It Contagious?
The worst thing that can happen while you're sick is inadvertently passing it onto a loved one. To be absolutely sure whether your ailments can or can't be passed onto someone else, Is It Contagious has all the answers. Intended for concerned parents, there is a catalogue of more than 85 conditions as well as information on contagiousness, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of each one. Great to have for parents or couples living together. Free
Also available for iOS

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Right: Relax Melodies - Right: Epidemic

Relax Melodies
Getting to sleep can troublesome on a sick day since the timing is all wrong, your nose is too congested for comfort and even with the curtains drawn the room is a little too bright. Taking drowsy medicine is the first step, and the next is to use Relax Melodies for the perfect ambiance music. Lull yourself into a dreamlike state with a selection of 41 soundtracks, ranging from nature sounds to soothing instruments. If you're worried about your battery life, the timer feature turns off music after an allotted amount of time. Free

Epidemic
When the world's got you down, get your revenge on the world. Epidemic is a brief strategy game that involves creating a perfect virus capable of wiping out humanity. The games visuals are only menus and graphs as you select symptoms, immunities, and infection characteristics to make your super virus thrive. It's a great distraction when you're feeling unproductive during recuperation. $1

(Images: 1. Jason Rodway, all others: as credited above.)

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