Frequently Asked Questions - Flu Near You

Flu Near You is a site administered by Healthmap of Boston Children’s Hospital in partnership with the American Public Health Association and the Skoll Global Threats Fund.

Flu Near You is open to anyone for browsing. Any individual living in the United States or Canada, 13 years of age or older, can register to complete brief, weekly surveys that help all of us learn more about the flu.

This effort is supported with private funds to demonstrate its utility for multiple sectors who must work together for pandemic preparedness if data is openly shared. The information on the site will be available to public health officials, researchers, disaster planning organizations and anyone else who may find this information useful.

Benefits See flu activity in your areaFind nearby locations offering flu vaccinesComplete quick surveys to advance our collective understanding of the fluVisualize flu trendsConnect with local public health organizationsCostFree!Privacy PolicyWe recognize the sensitive nature of Flu Near You questions, and take the security and confidentiality of your information seriously.

As we describe below, your participation in this project will remain confidential. Submissions will be anonymized and posted in aggregate with other submissions. IP addresses are routinely recorded but will also remain confidential.

Your contact information will not be shared with any third party except as required by law.

We collect personal information such as, but not limited to, your email address, age, gender and Internet Protocol address. We reserve the right to use this information internally, including but not limited to research purposes, quality assurance purposes, and correspondence with you, but we will not sell, share, rent, or otherwise reveal this information to any third party except as required by law, or to address issues of noncompliance. We may share aggregate data with third parties in a manner that will not identify you.

All data exchanged with this site is protected by SSL encryption, the same standard used to protect the transmission of credit card information and other sensitive data over the internet.

Flu Near You uses cookies to improve the quality of our service, including (if you choose) remembering your login information so that it does not need to be re-entered.

Terms of ParticipationBy sending a written contribution to Flu Near You, you grant a perpetual, royalty-free, unconditional license to Boston Children’s Hospital, HeathMap and Flu Near You, and any successor organizations, to publish your contribution in aggregate with other submissions on the Flu Near You Web site and all affiliated sites, as well as disseminate it to other parties via RSS or other media, and to discuss or reference it in any publications related to or arising out of Flu Near You. You also agree that Flu Near You has the right, but not the obligation, to edit or remove any contribution in Flu Near You’s sole discretion. You also agree to the HealthMap Terms of Use.