With Google Phone, Track Flu In Your Zip Code

Owners of a T-Mobile G1, also known as the "Google phone," can now download a program that tracks flu outbreaks by zip code. The makers of the flu remedy Zicam created the program and got their information from polling health care providers and pharmacies. A version for the iPhone is expected to be availible later this month.

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If you want to know whether the flu is hitting your neighborhood, pay no attention to your neighbor coughing or the kid next door with the runny nose, because that's not scientific enough. You may be able to get what you need on your cell phone. For those who own the right kind of phone, like a T-Mobile G1, or a Google phone, you can now download a program that will give you a readout on the flu in your zip code.

The program is a kind of advertising. It was created by the makers of a flu remedy, and they get their information from polling health care providers and pharmacies. The company that makes the program says a version for the iPhone will be available later this month.

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