AMA Launches Website Focused On Flu Symptoms
There are a number of online resources available about the flu and the H1N1 virus and the list keeps growing with the American Medical Association launching AMAfluhelp.org.
The website asks users a series of questions to determine how serious their flu symptoms are based on the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Users have the option to share their information with their doctor, as well as family members.
The site also provides a set of online tools to help doctors monitor their patients’ symptoms, make treatment decisions, and manage their practices’ patient flow.
"With both seasonal flu and H1N1 circulating this year, physician offices are already busier than normal," said AMA Board Member Mary Anne McCaffree, MD.
"This resource allows patients to assess their symptoms and determine when to seek care for themselves or their loved ones. To prevent the spread of influenza, this site also helps determine when it is safe for those who have been sick to return to work or school."
AMAfluhelp.org can help people assess their own flu symptoms or those of a family member, and offer advice about seeking treatment. There is also a tool for pregnant women to evaluate their need for a flu shot and for all users to monitor any post-vaccine related symptoms. The site can also generate a doctor’s note when it is safe to go back to work or school.
The AMA says as the site develops it will add a number of applications that support patient/doctor communication, reduce redundant testing and allows for continuous monitoring of patients with complex health conditions.