Using Technology to Fight the Flu
Cold and flu season is in full swing across the Northeast and hitting harder than usual. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot this season, it’s not too late, as annual flu vaccinations are among the best defenses against the virus.
Verizon Wireless was among several businesses to be recognized recently for its health promotion and flu prevention programs. If you’re looking to prevent the flu this season or to quickly treat the illness, your smartphone provides several options to help.
The first step of preventing the flu is to be ready before it spreads among family, friends and coworkers. HealthMap is an app that provides real-time outbreak information in your area with an interactive map and alerts. If the flu is unavoidable and you find yourself in need of medical care, download ZocDoc to locate a physician. To treat a cold or flu that does not require medical attention, WebMD offers an app that includes a symptom tracker and tips on treatment, local health listings and information on first-aid essentials. Don’t forget to get plenty of rest, exercise, eat a balanced diet and wash your hands frequently!