Baltimore City
Health Department

2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

Overview

The H1N1 vaccine will be combined with the Seasonal flu vaccine this fall. Getting a flu vaccination is still the best way to protect your health and the health of your loved ones against the virus. It's especially important that those in high-risk groups for serious complications of flu, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control, get vaccinated. These include the elderly and the chronically ill.

General Information

H1N1 Vaccination flier

The flu vaccine will be available to all residents wishing to protect themselves from getting sick from flu. However, it's especially important that those identifed by the the Centers for Disease Control as being at high risk for developing serious complications from flu get vaccinated. Those groups are:

  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People who have medical conditions including:
    • Asthma
    • Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability (mental retardation), moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury].
    • Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis)
    • Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
    • Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
    • Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)
    • Kidney disorders
    • Liver disorders
    • Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
    • Weakened immune system due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or cancer, or those on chronic steroids)
    • People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
    • People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

For more detailed information on H1N1, flu vaccination or how to protect your family, please view the resources in the right column or call the City service line: 3-1-1. If you need a health care provider, please call Baltimore HealthCare Access at (410) 649-0500.

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