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mobile default iconPeds Flu Shot '10 for Iphone Publisher's description

This is a simple app which helps a clinician do just one thing: decide how many Influenza vaccines to give a child in the 2010-2011 flu/flu-shot season.

This is a simple app which helps a clinician do just one thing: decide how many Influenza vaccines to give a child in the 2010-2011 flu/flu-shot season. In most years, kids under 9 years old need 2 doses of Influenza vaccine the first-ever season that they are vaccinated, and one dose each season thereafter. But the antigenic shift of the 2009 pandemic means that more kids in 2010-2011 will need 2 doses. This tool helps clinicians evaluate how many doses a child will need. It's a small topic, but one which will come up quite frequently this year.

Why is this topic important? After all, one could just give all children 2 shots and wind up over-vaccinating only a portion. Several reasons why...

* as any child knows, shots hurt, and unnecessary shots hurt unnecessarily
* as any parent knows, a pair of shots separated by 4 weeks means travelling and waiting at two doctor visits, two copays, two battles with one's child
* as any doctor knows, a second visit 4 weeks later means that a portion will not return, making vaccination less effective; furthermore, in some years vaccine supplies run short and thus we should try to conserve resources for those who really need them.

This app is written and intended for practicing physicians like pediatricians, family physicians, and hospitalists; for resident physician trainees; for medical students; and for nurses and pharmacists involved in Influenza vaccination. In addition to being a reference, the algorithm is written to be a teaching tool by not just delivering an answer, but instead walking a physician through the evaluation process so that one learns that process along the way. As an educator and clinician, I am interested in feedback and I would be grateful for guidance on improving the tool.

System Requirements:

Need to use iTunes software
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later
Program Release Status: New Release
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall

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