Get Real Health enhances its platform’s immunization features
Whether as the first line of defense against a worldwide pandemic or as a means of keeping children safe from devastating illnesses like the mumps, immunizations are a valuable asset in preserving public health.
As we usher in August and National Immunization Month we wanted to take a moment and focus on the ways our products support inoculations, in particular in light of the changing health landscape due to Covid-19.
Getting an annual flu shot is a pretty straightforward endeavor, but immunizations which require multiple visits to ensure effectiveness can be difficult to track. That’s why we have updated our immunization functionality to include alerts and reminders so a recommended booster doesn’t slip between the cracks of everyday life.
Many don’t realize that the flu shot, for example, is a new formula each year. According to Insider, this is due to the fact that “Flu viruses are constantly mutating through a process called “antigenic drift.” This happens because the viruses have poor “proofreading” capabilities, meaning they are unable to correct subtle mistakes that occur in their generic material as they’re trying to replicate themselves. These mutations add up and create genetically distinct flu strains, and these new strains are called “clades.”
In short, there is a unique mutation each year and researchers anticipate which strains will be present and create the shot around that prediction. In light of this, education regarding immunizations is updated on a regular basis.
With a focus on improving notifications overall, Get Real Health now offers homepage notifications each time new content regarding immunizations is available as part of an individual’s health record.
Just as an immunization is only effective if you follow the directives for optimum protection, a personal health record is only useful if it truly improves the lives of the people it targets. We ensure that our platform is delivering relevant content as well as the capability for reminders and alerts not only for immunizations but for other health metrics as well.