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Am J Public Health. 2015 Aug;105(8):e134-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302466. Epub 2015 Apr 16.

Searching the Web for Influenza Vaccines: HealthMap Vaccine Finder.

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Jane E. Huston, Sumiko R. Mekaru, Sheryl Kluberg, and John S. Brownstein are with the Informatics Program, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Sheryl Kluberg is also with the Department of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA. John S. Brownstein is also with the Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The goal of the HealthMap Vaccine Finder is to provide a free, comprehensive, online service where users can search for locations that offer immunizations. In this article, we describe the data and systems underlying the HealthMap Vaccine Finder (HVF) and summarize the project's first year of operations.

METHODS:

We collected data on vaccination services from a variety of providers for 2012-2013. Data are used to populate an online, public, searchable map.

RESULTS:

In its first year, HVF collected information from 1256 providers representing 46 381 locations. The public Web site received 625 124 visits during the 2012-2013 influenza vaccination season.

CONCLUSIONS:

HVF is a unique tool that connects the public to vaccine providers in their communities. During the 2012-2013 influenza season, HVF experienced significant usage and was able to respond to user feedback with new features.

PMID:
25880945
PMCID:
PMC4503243
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2014.302466
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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