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Stay Flu Informed with these three apps

CDC and Sickweather provide quick access to flu data

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Influenza and FluView apps provide quick access to the latest influenza data. Both apps are feature-rich and offer concise flu information on the go. They are appropriate for teaching/informing in the workplace or classroom. 

The Influenza app targets information to health care professional and easily accesses flu updates on your iOS device.  

 The main page displays flu topics included in the app. While the design is for health care providers, the content is appropriate and useful for Paramedics and RN's. I've also used this app as a public awareness teaching tool. Students have commented that the app was a great too for self education and weeding out hype from the mainstream media. I've also had civilians tell me they felt comfortable getting information (on flu vaccine) from the app and using it helped them make health care decisions or initiate conversation with their health care provider.

According to the iTunes description, you can:
  • obtain information on diagnosis, treatment and lab testing
  • view updated CDC recommendations
  • view videos from subject matter experts
  • order official CDC print products



One of my favorite features of this app is the ability to customize with text size and notes. Highlight, notation, and bookmarking functions like most eBook readers and ePub files making it easy to enter your information as you work with the app. I've found these functions are extremely useful when using the Influenza app in the classroom

 




The FluView app provides the same graphic representation of influenza activity that is found on the CDC FluView webpage. The map data is limited to the current weeks and two weeks immediately prior.

Sickweather.com is an on-line forecasting tool that utilizes social media entries for indication of illness.
According to the Sickweather website:
"Everyday thousands of people around the globe update social media sites like Facebook and Twitter when they (or someone close to them) get sick. Posts like "I'm sick," "the doc says I have bronchitis" and "My son has chickenpox." When this information is made publicly available by the user and contains location information, we are able to track and map this data using our patent-pending algorithm. "
"Sickweather allows its members to report directly to our map and forecast anonymously via the input field under "How Are You Feeling Today?" Simply tell us how you feel and we’ll do our best to match it to our most relevant forecasts. If you report symptoms or illnesses that we aren't tracking, that information will be processed by our algorithm to automatically make suggestions for expanding our tracking capabilities. "
I'm impressed with the concept of crowdsourcing data for disease prediction models. One of the most intriguing functions on the Sickweather website is the video/graphic representation. I've been so happy with the data that I've included information from Sickweather for Mitigation Journals Flu Updates.

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