The Baltimore City Health Department’s Immunization Program offers services to help prevent vaccine preventable disease, to conduct disease surveillance, and to provide and monitor immunization related health education and community outreach.
- Free T.I.K.E. Clinics to those children and adolescents who qualify. A limited supply of adult immunizations may also be available with a $25 suggested donation for each adult vaccination. [TIKE Clinic Schedule May 2019] Call: 410-396-4454.
- Baltimore’s Immunization Registry Project (B.I.R.P.) works with Maryland MDH’s "ImmuNET" immunization information system to collect and securely disclose vaccination records for children – adolescents – young adults. Call: 410-545-3048.
- Education and Outreach to individual children who are delayed in their recommended immunizations, and to neighborhoods at risk for under immunization. Call: 410-396-4454
- Peri Natal Hepatitis-B Surveillance. Call: 410-396-7575
The Baltimore City Health Department's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program will be doing Blood Lead Testing at selected TIKE immunization clinics, including:
Monday, May 13th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Lead testing will be done for children aged 9 months to 6 years, for pregnant women, and for those adults at occupational risk. Testing is free, no medical insurance is required. Clients will be seen on a walk in, first come first serve basis. For more information about lead testing including other locations where you can take your child to be tested, please contact BCHD's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at (443) 984-2460.
The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) recently confirmed that there are four cases of measles in the Baltimore area localized to zip codes 21208, 21209 and 21215. Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable viral infection that is easily spread to unvaccinated persons through coughing, sneezing and secretions from the mouth.
Measles symptoms typically develop within 7-21 days after exposure to the virus. Early symptoms of measles include: fever of more than 101F degrees, runny nose, cough and red watery eyes. One to four days after symptoms begin, a red rash can appear on the face and spread to the rest of the body. A person with measles is contagious beginning four days before until four days after the rash appears. Those who are most at risk of complications from measles infection are: pregnant women, infants less than one year old, and those who are immune compromised.
People with these symptoms should call their doctor, urgent care center or hospital emergency room. Please call ahead of your visit so that medical staff can take precautions to prevent exposure to others. Those with these symptoms should stay at home as measles is highly contagious.
People are considered immune to measles if they were born in the United States before 1957, previously had measles, or have had two measles vaccine shots.
The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) has created a measles webpage with imporant information for the public and healthcare providers related to measles, possible exposure and recommendations for vaccination. You can access the webpage here. Additional frequently asked questions (FAQ) can be found on the MDH and CDC web sites.
Now is a good time to ensure that you and your family are up-to-date with your vaccinations. Getting vaccinated is the best way we can protect ourselves, our families and our community.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I get immunizations for my child? We recommend going to your child’s doctor. If you do not have a medical provider, have Medicaid insurance, or do not have medical insurance that covers immunizations, you can come to our T.I.K.E. (To Immunize Kids Everywhere) Clinics. Clients are seen on a walk in, first come first serve basis, or you can make an appointment by calling 410-396-4454. [TIKE Clinic Schedule May 2019]
- How can I get my influenza ("flu") shot? This year, our T.I.K.E. clinics will be giving flu vaccinations to 6 month to 18 year old children and adolescents. Influenza ("Flu") vaccinations are also available for adults and seniors with a $25 suggested donation. Additional information about the flu can be found here.
- How can I make sure my child will meet their school’s immunization requirements? All children and young adults need to have an up-to-date copy of their immunization record to be enrolled in licensed day care or in school. If you would like assistance in determining whether or not your child has their required immunizations, please bring their shot record to their school’s health suite, your child’s doctor, or to our TIKE clinic. [Maryland School Vaccine Requirements Year 2018-2019]
- How can I get a copy of my child’s or my shot record? We may be able to retrieve a copy of your or your child’s immunization record as transcribed into the BIRP-ImmuNET registry. Please call us at 410-545-3048.
- How can I get more information about immunizations? [Maryland Department of Health's Center for Immunization] [CDC Commonly Asked Questions for Parents] [CDC "Vacunas e immunizacion"]
- How can I get information sheets on immunizations in another language? [Immunization Action Coalition]
Baltimore City Health Department
620 N Caroline Street
Baltimore MD 21205
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