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October 25, 2016

Dec. 18th deadline for U.B. smartphone flu study offering $50 gift cards

“When a flu epidemic hits a metropolitan area, it’s helpful for public health officials to know how quickly the disease could spread and which residents may be most vulnerable to infection,” said U.B. spokesperson Charlotte Hsu.

Answers to these questions can inform prevention strategies, including how to direct educational efforts, whether to instruct workers or schoolchildren to stay home, and how to allocate supplies of vaccines, she said.

“To improve our understanding of epidemics, University at Buffalo researchers are inviting Erie and Niagara County residents to take part in a smartphone survey to track the flu starting this fall,” [...]

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