With a goal of making data on the availability of flu shots more discoverable and more usable, the City of Philadelphia is leading an effort to create a standard specification for flu shot location data that can be used by any municipality. This will help encourage wider dissemination of this data and use in third-party website and applications.
Making it quick and easy to find a location that dispenses flu vaccinations is an ideal problem for a civic application to help solve. Information on flu shot locations and schedules can be easily displayed via a web site, mobile app, or even via SMS, and can be easily integrated into a personal calendar or reminder app.>
Data on where flu vaccinations are dispensed are typically compiled - albeit in differing formats and data structures - by local public health officials. By developing a standard format for this data, cities can more easily encourage the integration of this data into maps and civic applications.
A draft specification is being developed jointly by the cities of Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco and New York. The latest version of the draft can be found on GitHub.