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Harvard Health Publications Launches H1N1 Flu iPhone Application
Date:10/28/2009

Application provides critical information on the H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic.

Boston, MA (Vocus) October 29, 2009 -- The Harvard Health Publications Division of Harvard Medical School has launched an iPhone application focused on the H1N1 flu pandemic. The H1N1 iPhone application draws on the extensive knowledge of the experts at Harvard Medical School along with its long-standing expertise in publishing health information for the general public. The school's goal is to provide the public with the best available information on public health-related issues, including practical advice on how to reduce risks and how to respond in the event of a public health threat.

According to Harvard Health Publications Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, "people are increasingly receiving information through mobile devices which are always with us to give us answers--anytime, anywhere. People who have a question about their health want an answer now."

Since the first outbreak of the H1N1 flu earlier this year there have been over 180,000 cases of infection globally according to the World Health Organization and the White House has called 160 million infections, with 90,000 deaths this winter a plausible scenario for the U.S. Dr. Komaroff noted, "Flu epidemics are hard to predict. Any estimates may be too optimistic or too pessimistic. However, we could be facing the most serious pan
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