The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) will offer free H1N1 vaccinations to individuals unable to access vaccination services through a primary healthcare provider. This is a free and voluntary vaccination program offered by the CDPH.
Please note: If you, your child or a loved one falls into the following high priority groups, please consult with your healthcare provider to find out if you should get vaccinated:
- Children and young adults ages 6 months through 24 years
- Household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 6 months of age
- Pregnant Women
- Health care and emergency medical service personnel
- Persons aged 25-64 years who have medical conditions which put them at risk for complications from influenza
If you don’t have a health care provider, or if you’re physician doesn’t have the H1N1 vaccine, the CDPH is here to help. The Chicago Department of Public Health will offer the H1N1 vaccine for free during the months of October and November. See clinic dates, times and locations.
Certain children with underlying conditions might be at increased risk for serious complications from the H1N1 virus infection. Parents or guardians should speak to a healthcare professional about the vaccine to prevent the H1N1 flu. These conditions in children include:
- Children younger than 5-years-old
- Children with long-term health problems
- Children with a weakened immune system due to a medical condition
- Children 6 months though 18 years of age on long-term aspirin treatment
- Children with certain muscle or nerve disorders
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