Swine flu apps you'll want on your iPhone

If you're worried about the swine flu, keeping up to date on the latest news is paramount. That's why there are so many iPhone apps that do just that.

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The H1N1 Influenza, better known as the swine flu, is a real concern for just about everyone this year, making keeping up to date on the latest news paramount.

But considering we're all so busy, remembering to visit government Web sites can be difficult. Installing some basic apps onto your iPhone isn't. Check out some of these apps that will keep you abreast of all the latest news about the swine flu.

Swine Flu apps

CDC News Reader If you want the latest and most up-to-date information on the swine flu, CDC News Reader is probably a good place to start.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides all the latest information available on the swine flu. And since it also provides information on other outbreaks the organization is tracking, you're likely to find some of the best health data of any app in this roundup. For 99 cents, it might be worth it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is your primary source. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

H1N1 Cases by State If you want daily updates on how the swine flu is spreading, H1N1 Cases by State will fill you in.

H1N1 Cases by State automatically downloads daily all the new instances of swine flu in each state in the U.S. When you click on a new outbreak, you'll be brought to a page detailing it. You can also see how many deaths have occurred because of the outbreak. For 99 cents, it's not a bad app to have with you when you need some updates.

H1N1 Cases by State will help you determine where the outbreaks are. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

Outbreaks Near Me Outbreaks Near Me is clearly one of the most useful applications in this roundup.

With the help of Google Maps, Outbreaks Near Me maps all the known swine flu outbreaks in your area. The app also lets you report outbreaks if you find someone who has swine flu and isn't included in the map listing. This free app even supports push, so it can alert you whenever a new incidence of swine flu has affected your area. Check out our full review here.

Outbreaks Near Me
Outbreaks Near Me shows you where outbreaks are in your area. Outbreaks Near Me

Swine Flu--Breaking News and Information If you're only looking for the latest news on the swine flu and you don't need with a map showing where the outbreaks are, Swine Flu--Breaking News and Information might be for you.

Swine Flu--Breaking News and Information gives you access to the swine flu's Wikipedia page. From there, it searches for breaking news each day to update the app. When there's some news, you can simply reload the application and view it. It's nothing special, but if you want a simple, free app to consult quickly, it might be worth trying out.

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Swine Flu--Breaking News and Information is for information-seekers. Swine Flu--Breaking news and Information

Swine Flu Tracker Swine Flu Tracker is a simple application designed to keep track of where outbreaks of the swine flu are occurring all over the world.

When you start using Swine Flu Tracker, you'll find a series of maps that lets you see each instance of swine flu outbreaks. You can check around your area or elsewhere around the world. The app also features an information pane, providing detailed data on the swine flu, where it comes from, and how to prevent it from affecting you. It's available for free.

Swine Flu Tracker
Swine Flu Tracker helps you find all the outbreaks. Swine Flu Tracker

Swine Flu Tracker Map Not to be confused with Swine Flu Tracker, Swine Flu Tracker Map provides you with information far beyond what its name might suggest. Aside from mapping where outbreaks have occurred, the app also provides some valuable information on H1N1 Influenza.

Swine Flu Tracker Map first alerts you to changes in the swine flu warning level. So if it has moved to a level five, the app will explain what that means, how to protect yourself, and more. Swine Flu Tracker Map also features an assortment of articles to educate you on the swine flu. How does it affect humans? What are its chances of survival? All those questions are answered by the app. Even better, it's free.

Swine Flu Tracker
If you're looking for basic information on the Swine flu, this app is for you. Swine Flu Tracker

Swine Flu Upto-the-Minute Swine Flu Upto-the-Minute aims at becoming your daily source for everything related to the swine flu.

To do so, it starts out by telling you where the worldwide alert level is. It then explains what each level means to you. The app also features the world's "status" to let you know whether it's safe to travel to certain countries. If you want to learn more about the swine flu or influenza in general, Swine Flu Upto-the-Minute has some documents for you to read. Even if you're looking for the latest headlines, you'll find it with this app. It's full-featured and affordable at 99 cents.

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Swine Flu Upto-the-Minute has some nice features. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

My top 3

1. Upto-the-Minute: With so many nice features, Upto-the-Minute seems like a fine choice.

2. CDC News Reader: What better way to learn about the swine flu than to hear about it from the CDC?

3. Outbreaks Near Me: If you want to know how close outbreaks are to you, Outbreaks Near Me is the place to start.