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Health authority provides ZIP Code based text service

Rachel Wheeler Archive
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a service that allows them to send residents updates on situations such as the swine flu outbreak.

Tailored to each ZIP Code, the three-month trial project has already had nearly 13,000 subscribers.

The CDC said that it hoped it would allow them to relay important information to people in more remote areas of the country.

Links will also be included in the text message to relevant content on the CDC's website on health situations or general advice for the populace, to allow users to keep up-to-date on what they need to do to stay healthy.

The reminders will include health tips as well as information on vaccines.

According to data from the center, 58 per cent of the users are female, and the majority older, with 63 per cent being between the ages of 25 and 54.