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Google Helps You Find Locations for H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine and Seasonal Flu Shot

Posted Nov 12 2009 10:01pm

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

After you had the tough task of searching for health information on the H1N1 swine flu vaccine from various media outlets; you’ve now determined that you would like to receive the H1N1 vaccine, but where do you go to get the H1N1 swine flu vaccine?

Thanks to Mashable, (the world’s largest leading blog focused exclusively on Web 2.0 and Social Media news) for sharing information on how Google has launched a tool for locating providers to administer the H1N1 swine flu vaccine and the seasonal flu vaccine.

Google has collaborated with the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) – flu.gov, and the American Lung Association to develop the flu shot finder.

Google’s flu shot finder includes 20 countries and 38 languages.  You can search providers in your area and it will tell you where to go and if they are out of stock or not.

So, let’s say you’re looking for a locator for the H1N1 flu vaccine in Ashland, Ohio.  Simply type in Ashland, Ohio in the locator box and here’s the results:

No flu shots found near Ashland, Ohio

“All locations below are out of stock. Some clinics with flu shots are not listed yet, so check back often. The Ohio Department of Health may have additional listings.”

•  Walgreens–H1N1 flu vaccine
1000 Park Ave West, Mansfield, OH
(419) 529-3790
Temporarily out of stock
•  Meijer #126–Both H1N1 flu vaccine and seasonal flu vaccine
1355 N. Lexington, Mansfield, OH
(419) 747-8310
M,T,W,Th,F,Sat,Sun 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Temporarily out of stock

OK, so while Ashland, Ohio is out of stock on both the seasonal flu vaccine and the H1N1 flu vaccine, Google does provide you with a link for the Ohio Department of Health where they provide you with additional listings.

Your Turn

Check out your area and find out if a provider near you has the H1N1 flu vaccine and seasonal flu vaccine.

http://www.flu.gov/widgets/vaccinefinder.html

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