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Blog spotlight: Interactive Web site helps determine when flu symptoms are serious and when to seek help

Nurse Leader Insider, December 7, 2009

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Trying to decide whether that cough and on and off fever is something you should go see your doctor about? Debating to wait in the crowded Emergency Room for hours to see if you have swine flu? Well, what if you could determine the severity of your symptoms and whether a visit to the doctor is necessary, without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.

Microsoft has launched an interactive Web site; H1N1 Response Center, that will help determine just that. Using an assessment tool licensed by Emory University, the Web site aims to help consumers’ determine whether or not their symptoms are consistent with the H1N1 virus and if they should seek medical help.

H1N1 Response Center asks a series of questions to help determine the severity of the case. The individual answering the questionnaire must disclose their age, gender, and zip code and answer questions relating to how long they have felt like they might have the flu.

To read more on the interactive Web site, click here.



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