CDC Offers Flu Info by Mobile Phone

December 2009

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pilot-testing a system to deliver information about pandemic influenza A(H1N1) and other health information directly to mobile phones, according to a statement on the CDC's Web site.

The 3-month pilot test began in September, and the CDC is soliciting feedback from users. To subscribe to the service, potential users should text HEALTH to the number 87000.

The CDC does not charge subscribers to participate in the pilot testing, but standard text messaging rates may apply based on individuals' different wireless service contracts.

Upon initial signup, users will receive several introductory messages and questions, according to the Web site. The program then sends three health tips per week. To unsubscribe from the service, users should send a reply with HEALTH QUIT in the body of the message.


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