Flu Finder: Is the Flu Near You? July 30, 2012 By Carrie Getsinger Leave a Comment Play your part in flu preparedness this year! Get your flu shot, and participate in flu surveys to keep your family and community healthy and well. YOU have role to play in global health, disease monitoring, and flu preparedness. For most of us, it seems way too early to begin preparing for flu season. After all, it’s so hot outside that all we can think about is air conditioning and our next dip in the pool. However, Ben Franklin’s old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” always rings true, and it’s never too early to get preventative measures started. Indeed, preventing this year’s flu season can start right now, and you can be a part of global public health surveillance. The best means to keep yourself, your family, and your co-workers healthy and well is to get your flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available in your community this fall. In the meantime, though, take a moment to look into Flu Near You, a service provided by HealthMap.org. This novel service from the global leader in utilizing digital, open sources for disease outbreak monitoring uses publicly available information and weekly surveys completed by concerned and involved community members like you to advance our collective understanding of the flu. Flu Near You allows you to see flu activity in the area you live in, explore flu trends around the world, connect to local public health links, and find nearby locations in your community offering the 2012-2013 flu vaccine. Do your part to make this flu season one of the healthiest yet: Register to participate in Flu Near You’s weekly surveys. Make plans to get your flu shot at a Passport Health clinic in your community. With an ounce of effort, every individual can make a pound of difference this flu season.