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Baltimore City launches flu vaccination campaign

Officials want 70% of residents vaccinated by the end of the flu season
Posted at 1:01 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 13:40:36-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore City wants 70% of its population vaccinated by the end of the 2020-2021 flu season.

Mayor Jack Young and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa announced the launch of the “The Flu Vaccine is Worth It” campaign Wednesday.

"We know that the flu vaccine is safe. reliable, and reduces the chances of serious illness from the seasonal flu,” said Dr. Dzirasa. “We also know that the threat of the ‘twindemic’, a severe flu season coinciding with the surge in novel coronavirus cases, presents a real risk in straining our hospital care systems."

The campaign includes ads focused on increasing vaccination rates among older adults, new and expecting mothers, and the Latinx population. The Health Department will also sponsor flu vaccine clinics at senior housing locations, food distribution sites, churches, and places where people experiencing homelessness gather.

The city has set up a flu dashboard where residents can see data like the latest flu case counts and vaccination rates. It also has answers to frequently asked questions, and where residents can get a flu shot.