Google.org and Flu.gov Team Up for Awesomeness
This year I have made a pledge to myself to get a flu shot for the very first time in my life (at least as far as I can remember). I haven't avoided it because of a fear of needles or conspiracy theories about how the government uses it to track people. But for whatever reason, this is the first year that I've sought out the vaccine.
We're lucky that there seems to be more than enough of the flu vaccine to go around this year. But where's a girl to go for such a thing? I was ready for it to be a long, annoying process involving lots of phone calls and confusing instructions. Gosh, sometimes it's great to be wrong.
Launched last year, Flu.gov is meant to act as a centralized place to find information about influenza and the flu vaccine. It offers many helpful FAQs on various flu-related topics and, you know what? It also looks good and is easy to navigate. Weird! But the real boon here is that Health and Human Services partnered with Google.org to make it easy for people to find flu vaccines near them. By entering your location in the Flu Vaccine Finder, users are provided with a map of nearby locations, their hours of operation, the cost, and a link with more information. So now, I am left with just about zero excuses. Suddenly I think I might actually be afraid of needles.