Dec 21 2011
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Recommended Reading: Using Twitter to Track the Flu

If you’re tweeting this holiday season, some public health experts think tweets about flu shots, flu outbreaks and even flu misinformation (such as the benefit of antibiotics for the flu; there is none) could go a long way toward helping track and fight the flu. A new post on the “Pioneering Ideas” site, the online forum of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer portfolio, calls attention to new research that finds that twitter can update information on the spread of flu—and misperceptions of the flu—much faster than traditional public health tracking methods, including those used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read the post here.

More reading: Twitter Trends: What Can Tweets Reveal About Public Health?

Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Flu, Mobile health/mhealth, Technology