Free H1N1 Flu Clinics Available for Worksites and Community Organizations

The Talbot County Health Department invites Talbot County businesses and community groups to host free H1N1 Flu Clinics for their workers and members, including families and friends.

Workplaces, places of worship, clubs, and other organizations may call 410-819-5634 to make arrangements for the Health Department to provide flu shots at their locations.

People are encouraged to have H1N1 flu shots for these reasons.

•    The H1N1 flu is a serious disease and it is likely to spread. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between mid‐April and November 14, 2009, 47 million people in the United States were infected with the 2009 H1N1 flu, more than 200,000 people were hospitalized, and over 9,800 people died
•    Flu takes a big toll on children, especially young children. With the 2009 H1N1 flu virus, more hospital stays and deaths among children have already been reported this year than in any recent flu season.  Children easily spread flu germs among themselves and others; we have a long way to go before flu season is over.
•    H1N1 is unpredictable.  We do not know if there will be a future wave of H1N1 flu, but we do know that vaccination is the most important step in protecting against flu.
•    Flu vaccines are very safe. Flu vaccines cannot give adults or children the flu. Hundreds of millions of people in the U.S. have received seasonal flu vaccines over the years, and the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccines are produced just like the annual seasonal flu vaccines. Nearly 60 million people have already received the H1N1 vaccine with no increased side effects.  Plus, CDC closely monitors all vaccines for safety with its long‐established systems.
•    The flu can be far worse than the common cold.  H1N1 flu may cause fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever. Dangerous complications can include pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.