CDC offers flu app for doctors

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 31, 2012

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A mobile app from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is designed to help physicians and other health professionals evaluate, diagnose and treat influenza. The CDC announced the new tool Dec. 19, as the nation sees its earliest start to a flu season in a decade.

The CDC Influenza App offers access to a variety of information, including the latest flu statistics, vaccination recommendations, expert videos and guidance on laboratory testing, antiviral drugs and infection control. Users can highlight, make notes and share information through email and social media from the app, which is available for free from the Apple App Store (link). An equivalent for Android devices is in the works, but a release date has not been set, the CDC said.

This is the fifth CDC app. “We think we’ve created a mobile communications tool that neatly packages the influenza information health care professionals need most, especially during flu season,” said Tim Uyeki, MD, MPH, chief medical officer in CDC’s Influenza Division.

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