Catch flu information at NYC site
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Oct 27, 2000
Facing an abundance of germs and a shortage of vaccine, New York City's
Department of Health has turned to the Web to help people ward off the flu.
A new and free public Web site launched Oct. 25 enables people to search for the closest facility
where they can get vaccinated.
People can search by facility name, borough, ZIP code or by clicking
on a map. Facilities are identified by type, such as hospital, senior center
or walk-in clinic, address, telephone, hours of operation, and any associated
Health department spokesman Ed Carubis said the Web site was developed
in response to the national shortage of the flu vaccine. "Working with both
private entities and with our own Department of Health clinics, we wanted
to provide a single place of information so they can search facilities,"
People who don't have Internet access can call a toll-free information
line to speak with operators who can access the Web site for them.
The site, built with the help of New York City software company Information
Builders for $40,000, is part of a larger strategy to provide various types
of health information to the community, Carubis said.