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As we announced last week, the state is starting to provide H1N1 vaccine for people up to the age of 64 with underlying health conditions that put them at special risk for complications from the flu. These conditions include:

  • Chronic lung disease. Such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis.
  • Heart disease. Such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease, but not high blood pressure.
  • Kidney or liver disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Brain or spinal cord disorders. This includes stroke, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, and intellectual disability (mental retardation) or cognitive delays.
  • Weakened immune system due to disease or medication. Such as people with HIV/AIDS or cancer, or those on chronic steroids.

DPH is making the H1N1 vaccine available to members of this priority group by providing vaccine to clinical sites who serve people at very high risk due to their medical conditions, and by allowing local public health officials to vaccinate adults with underlying health conditions if they feel they have adequately vaccinated the original target groups.

While the H1N1 vaccine is coming into the state every week, we don’t expect to have enough vaccine for everyone who wants it until late December or early January. Please be patient. Eventually, there will be enough vaccine for everyone.

There continue to be several ways you can stay informed about the availability of H1N1 vaccine in your community:

  • Visit http://flu.masspro.org to search for a public clinic near you
  • Stay in touch with your health care provider
  • Contact your local public health department and/or local community health center to see if they know when and where clinics will take place in your area

We encourage all residents to utilize the comments section on this blog to engage with us and each other. While we cannot respond to every comment or question directly, we find them very helpful to understand your questions and concerns and plan for future posts.

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