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For Immediate Release: December 19, 2012
Contact: Division of News & Electronic Media, Office of Communication
(404) 639-3286

New CDC influenza mobile app gives physicians a new, easy way to connect with

App is downloadable for free from the Apple App Store

CDC has launched a new Influenza App for physicians and other health care professionals available for free download from the Apple App Store. The app supports Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. The arrival of the app is timely given that flu season is off to the earliest start in a decade and physicians are likely to be seeing many influenza patients over the coming weeks. The app is designed to support clinicians in their evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of influenza.

“The CDC Influenza App is specifically for physicians and health care professionals,” said Dr. Tim Uyeki, Chief Medical Officer in CDC’s Influenza Division. Dr. Uyeki selected and organized the content for the app. The application provides easy access to a wide range of information, including: national flu activity, influenza vaccination recommendations, diagnosis and treatment of influenza, laboratory testing for influenza, and guidelines on influenza antiviral drugs and influenza infection control. Videos featuring CDC subject matter experts discussing influenza topics are available as well, and viewers can order CDC print products for posting in the workplace or distributing to patients.

The app is part of CDC’s ongoing efforts to meet growing demand for mobile technologies by physicians and other health care professionals and is now the fifth CDC app. “With the Influenza App, we think we’ve created a mobile communications tool that neatly packages the influenza information health care professionals need most, especially during flu season.”

The CDC Influenza app automatically downloads the latest CDC content directly from the CDC website when mobile devices are connected to the web. Visitors can personalize their experience within the app with features like highlighting, notes and bookmarking. It’s also possible to e-mail information directly from the app. The CDC Influenza App also supports content sharing through social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. Support for Android devices is planned for a future update. Download the CDC Influenza app for free today from the Apple App Store.

Updated information on influenza activity in the United States also is available in FluView.

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