Two interactive websites have been created to assess your symptoms to determine if you may have the flu They are not to diagnosis — rather they use algorithms to determine if you need to see a doctor for your symptoms. Some have said the Emory site is easier to use. Check them out!
The first site is located at Flu.gov. The self-evaluation has been posted to flu.gov at http://www.flu.gov/evaluation/. This assessment tool is designated for people 18 years and older.
Information on the second site was posted with the following – ” Please use and share this information from the National Institute for Literacy; Health and Literacy mailing list HealthLiteracy@nifl.gov
Using the Web to Diagnose Swine Flu
“Are you wondering whether you or your kid is sick enough to see a
doctor to get treated for swine flu? Microsoft Corp., working with
doctors at Emory University, announced the availability of
an interactive web site [at https://h1n1.cloudapp.net/Default.aspx ] to help.
If you click on that link, you’ll see it asks for your age and a
series of questions about whether you or your child is suffering from
a fever or other symptoms or has any other health problems. It can
only be used for kids age 12 and older.
It may tell you that it is indeed swine flu, known officially as the 2009
H1N1 virus, but that all you need to do is rest and get plenty of
fluids. Or it may say you should seek immediate medical attention
because “you may be very sick.”
The site, which has been endorsed by the American College of Emergency
Medicine, is part of a broader effort to minimize the number of people
who are running to the doctor or the local emergency room because they
are worried about swine flu. Officials are worried that the health
system could get overwhelmed if that happens. Most people who get the
virus will suffer relatively mild symptoms and recover without needing
to see a doctor. But there are some people who are at risk, such as
pregnant women and people with other health problems, such as asthma, diabetes and obesity.”
More about the site:
The site (survey questions and information on what to do if you have
flu-like illness) was adopted by Microsoft and is being offered to the
public at no cost. Emory provided the content to populate the site at
no charge, and will collect no licensing fee. Micosoft’s site has “gone live”
Staff at Emory will continue to work closely with the CDC (where they
have posted the adult version of the algorithm developed at Emory to
help clinicians and call centers assess cases of H1N1). The CDC
content for call centers can be found at the following location:
A web site based on the Emory algorithm has been deployed by the V.A.
health system, and is posted at www.publichealth.va.gov/h1n1flu The
VA engaged an internal team to translate the recommendations of our
algorithm. It is technically accurate, but not as health literate as
the version we worked to create.
Also, for the past 2 weeks, Emory staff worked closely with officials
at HHS and the White House Office of New Media to create a federal
version of our web site. Now that CDC has adopted our algorithm as
its own, it is likely that HHS will post an interactive site for the
public at www.flu.gov. This could happen within the next few days.
Emory staff worked with members of professional societies, federal
agencies, clinicians…and importantly with patients and consumers to
develop “health literate” information. They hope this will help people
figure out what to do if they have flu like symptoms. They will
continue to work closely with HHS agencies and Microsoft to keep the
materials up to date and “health literate”.