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Searching the Web for Influenza Vaccines: HealthMap Vaccine Finder.

Abstract

In its first year, HVF collected information from 1256 providers representing 46 381 locations. The public Web site received 625 124 visits during the 2012-2013 influenza vaccination season.

The goal of the HealthMap Vaccine Finder is to provide a free, comprehensive, online service where users can search for locations that offer immunizations. In this article, we describe the data and systems underlying the HealthMap Vaccine Finder (HVF) and summarize the project's first year of operations.

We collected data on vaccination services from a variety of providers for 2012-2013. Data are used to populate an online, public, searchable map.

HVF is a unique tool that connects the public to vaccine providers in their communities. During the 2012-2013 influenza season, HVF experienced significant usage and was able to respond to user feedback with new features.

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