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SALT LAKE CITY -- A new feature from Google Maps has many in the medical community cheering. It lets you map where to find seasonal and H1N1 vaccine in your area. But it's something Utah already had in a similar form.
At www.google.com/flushots, you can type in your location, and the Google Maps program will show you the location of the nearest vaccine to you -- plus whether it's seasonal, H1N1 or both that are available to you.
President-elect of the Utah Pharmacists Association Darryl Wagner says it could mean avoiding long lines at the health department or the doctor's office, since many pharmacists are now able to give shots.
He says, "If there's a way that a patient can look up on Google Map[s] and find pharmacies that give these immunizations in the area, and that have the vaccination, I think that's a great idea."
But, he points out, the State Department of Health also has a vaccine locator, just without the map, on its website.
At www.immunize-utah.org, you can search by county and then by city or town, then narrow your search results by the type of vaccine you're looking for. It allows you to search for the nasal H1N1 or swine flu vaccine, for example, or even more common childhood vaccines like measles, mumps and rubella.