Saturday, January 19, 2013

Flu Near You: A Very Useful Site!

About Flu Near You

What is Flu Near You?

Flu Near You is a site administered by Healthmap of Boston Children’s Hospital in partnership with the American Public Health Association and the Skoll Global Threats Fund. On this site, any individual living in the United States, 13 years of age or older can register to complete brief weekly surveys that may help all of us learn more about the flu. This effort is initially being supported with private funds to demonstrate its utility for multiple sectors who must work together for pandemic preparedness if data is openly shared. The information on the site will be available to public health officials, researchers, disaster planning organizations and anyone else who may find this information useful. For more information about Healthmap, visit:; APHA, visit:; and the Skoll Global Threats Fund, visit:

Is Flu Near You open to everyone?

Flu Near You is open for browsing to anyone. To register to participate in our weekly survey, you need to reside in the U.S. and be 13 years of age or over.

What can you do on Flu Near You?

The public can:

  • Complete quick surveys to advance our collective understanding of the flu See flu activity in your area at the regional or state level
  • Explore flu trends around the world with Google Flu trends
  • Use the Flu Vaccine Finder to find nearby locations offering flu shots or nasal spray flu vaccine
  • Connect to local public health links
  • Receive customized email disease alerts at your location
  • Learn more about flu news, information, and resources at
  • Explore the RSS feed on updates on nearby flu outbreaks and related flu news 
  • Browse the Disease Daily to discover summaries of important outbreaks and expanded coverage through the Outbreaks 101 news section
How much does it cost to participate on this site?

It is free to use the Flu Near You site.

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