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Google Tries To Save You From Swine Flu

Search giant unveils flu shot finder

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The media frenzy over swine flu may have died down a little since earlier this year; it’s no longer a top headline on every other news site, at least.  But people remain extremely concerned about it (anyone care to guess how many tons of hand sanitizer have been sold?), and Google’s trying to help out by pointing them towards flu shots.

A post on the Official Google Blog announced this afternoon, "We’ve been working with [the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services], the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health agencies to gather information on flu vaccine locations across the country, particularly for the H1N1 flu vaccine . . . .  At the moment we have data for locations of flu vaccine directly from 20 states and counting."

The post then added, "We are also continuing to add information from chain pharmacies and other providers in all 50 states; today, you’ll find results from chains such as Walgreens, CVS and PDX participants, such as Kmart, Duane Reade, WinnDixie and Giant Eagle."

The new feature seems to work quite well.  If you intend to follow through on its suggestions and receive a shot, just call ahead to play it safe.  Unless you need to buy some more hand sanitizer, anyway, that is, or perhaps want to pick up a few surgical masks from the corner market.

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  • http://www.azulline.com Chat Line

    we should always take precautionary measures… swine flu is really alarming

  • Max

    About 5,000 people worldwide have died thus far from the swine flu (http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/291526,global-swine-flu-deaths-nudge-towards-5000.html). Compare this to the approximately 36,000 annual deaths from regular flu in the U.S. alone, or the estimated 250,000 to 500,000 worldwide (http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/28/regular.flu/index.html).

    Also compare this to the estimated 30,000 to 40,000 annual U.S. automobile accident deaths, and you have a much better chance of dying in a car wreck on your way to the clinic to get the vaccine.

    If you like to be scared to death by Chicken Little, just keep your brain turned off and let others think for you. What a waste of Google resources.

  • http://www.h1n1virusfacts.com www.h1n1virusfacts.com

    So Are we! lol

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    You need to get all the facts about the prevention,symptoms and treatments for the Swine Flu.

  • http://www.cleanphirst.com Michael Montague

    How come no one does the story about the new sanitizers on the market which are alcohol-free? There are new products that kill 3 times the germs, work up to 30 minutes, and they are safer to use than alcohol. This one is my favorite: http://www.cleanphirst.com/store/alcohol_free_foam_hand_sanitizer.asp

  • http://www.simplyanswer.com/ Gaurav Gupta

    Swine flu is a type of virus. It’s named for a virus that infects mainly pigs. It normally does not infect people, but human infections can and do happen. The virus is contagious and can spread from human to human. The current swine influenza A (H1N1) virus has components of pig and bird influenza viruses in it, so the humans don’t have any immunity to it. That makes it more likely to become a pandemic virus (have the ability to cause a global outbreak) if it can easily spread from person-to-person. There are antiviral medicines you can take to prevent or treat swine flu. This particular virus is resistant to the antiviral medications amantadine (Symmetrel) and rimantadine (Flumadine), but is sensitive to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu.

    Symptoms

    The symptoms of swine flu are very similar to the common flu that occurs in humans. The symptoms are mostly fever, cold, cough, runny nose, body aches, diarrhea, vomiting, headache etc. In swine flu the symptoms might be more severe like breathlessness, very high grade fever, loss of appetite and fluid intake, listlessness etc. The important fact is to prevent the spread of this infection. Since it spreads through fomites i.e. through air, infected articles like tissue, paper, pen etc, the preventive measures are very important.

    Prevent spread

    The measures that can be taken to prevent spread of this particular swine flu are

  • http://www.dbpdf.com Emma Wilson

    It is important to prevent potential risk factors for certain disease. I’ve search about vaccination at www.dbpdf.com and I’ve many facts about it and how good to be vaccinated. Be sure and talk to your doctor first before getting vaccinated and discuss the risks and benefits before making a decision.

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