Flu Clinics Go Social

Maxim Health Systems Puts Power in the Hands of Consumers Online

Oct 14, 2010, 08:00 ET from Maxim Health Systems

COLUMBIA, Md., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxim Health Systems, a division of Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc., has created several online tools to educate the public on flu season.  These resources, including the Flu Blog, the Online Flu Shot Locator Widget, Flu Shot E-mail and Text Message Reminders, and Flu Shot Reminder E-Cards, were developed to help remind and empower the public to make healthy and informed choices during the 2010 flu season.

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"Vaccination is an important part of staying healthy during flu season," said Steve Pellito, National Director of Wellness at Maxim Health Systems.  "When it comes to their health, patients deserve accurate and easily accessible information. It is our goal to help the public to better navigate this year's flu season with the tools we have developed."

The Pew Internet & American Life Project reported that eight in ten Internet users have searched online for health information. In addition, many patients have stated that the Internet has had a significant impact on the way they care for themselves or for others.

Responding to this need, Maxim Health Systems launched new tools to empower the public, in conjunction with healthcare professionals, to more effectively manage their health during flu season.  

The Full List of Online Social Tools from Maxim Health Systems:

Text Message Reminders

Once users have searched for and found a clinic in their area, they can schedule a text message reminder by clicking "Remind Me Via Text" and entering their phone number and mobile carrier. A text message alert will be sent the morning of the clinic containing the location, address, and time of the clinic that was requested. Text messaging and data rates may apply.

Flu Shot E-mail Reminders

This resource allows users to search for a clinic and then request a reminder by E-mail. After searching for clinics in their area, users can schedule an E-mail reminder by clicking "Remind Me Via E-mail" and entering their name and E-mail address. An E-mail with all clinic information will be sent the day before the clinic.

Online Flu Shot Locator Widget

Maxim Health Systems has created a widget that allows all Web site and blog owners to install an online flu shot locator on their own sites.  The widget code is located on Maxim's microsite (info.findaflushot.com).  If you download the widget to your site, you can share flu clinic information and flu news with your own Web site visitors. 

Flu Shot Reminder E-Cards

Reminding friends and loved ones to get vaccinated this season is easy, with virtual cards from Maxim Health Systems.  To get started just choose an image, fill out the form, and send!

Flu Blog

Hosted by the Maxim Health Systems' Flu Resource Center, the Flu Blog provides regular updates on flu-related topics including the benefits of flu vaccination and tips for minimizing flu exposure for seniors, families, and students returning to school. Also, subscribe to the blog via RSS.

About Maxim Health Systems

Maxim Health Systems is a division of Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc.  Established in 1996, Maxim Health Systems offers a full line of comprehensive wellness services to Corporate and retail clients, in addition to schools, senior living facilities, and physician offices.  We provide a variety of services including immunization programs, health screenings and health fairs.  Our flu vaccine program has administered more than 12 million immunizations in the last four years alone.  Together with Maxim Healthcare Services, we have branch locations in most metropolitan areas across the nation. For more information contact us at www.findaflushot.com/contact.php. Follow Maxim Healthcare Services on Twitter at @findaflushot.


James Walker



SOURCE Maxim Health Systems