Flu Vaccine Locator debuts
A new flu vaccine locator tool debuted last week that may
help folks find seasonal and H1N1 (swine flu) vaccines. The Texas
Department of State Health Services posted the Flu
Vaccine Locator, which is powered and managed by Google.
State health authorities will provide information for this
locator for public clinics that are already listed with 2-1-1
information service, including those organized by regional
and local health departments. 2-1-1 will pull information
daily from their database about public clinics and pass it
to state authorities, who will then upload the information
Retail pharmacies and private health care providers can also
create an account with Google and post their own information
about vaccine availability.
Once you go to the cite, simply plug in your city (i.e.,
Allen, Texas), and the maps will pinpoint a handful of locations
closest to you that have seasonal or H1N1 vaccines on hand
for the public.
Here’s a brief guide: Blue syringes indicate H1N1 (swine
flu) is available; red syringes are for seasonal flu vaccine;
a mix, of course, means that both are on hand at last report.
The maps also point out prices of the vaccines, what type
may be in stock, and you can get directions to each locale.
Call providers in advance to confirm availability and specific vaccination details. Each location has different hours of operation and fees for service.