Complete coverage: Swine flu outbreak
January 25, 2010
Bianca Chang scurried around the cafeteria of Howard High School urging parents of students in the Sunday Chinese school to get a swine flu shot.
November 13, 2009
State public health officials said Thursday that six more people have died in Maryland in the past four weeks of swine flu, bringing the number of deaths statewide since the pandemic began to 19.
October 29, 2009
With infection rates rising and the H1N1 vaccine in short supply, this Halloween comes with the added scare of swine flu - and Baltimore-area parents find themselves balancing the fun of a favorite holiday with worries about keeping kids healthy.
October 29, 2009
Two more people in Maryland have died of swine flu, bringing the state's tally of deaths associated with the H1N1 virus to 12, state health officials said Wednesday.
October 22, 2009
An 18-year-old graduate of North County High School in Glen Burnie died Wednesday after a brief illness that friends on a Facebook page described as suspected swine flu.
October 20, 2009
Maryland may receive just half its expected supply of the swine flu vaccine for October, state health officials said Monday as they scrambled, along with hospitals and other providers, to confront a projected shortfall.
October 16, 2009
The queue for Thursday's flu shot clinic at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute began forming two hours before the doors opened - and Ronesha Mills made certain that she and her children were among the first in line.
October 15, 2009
With delivery this week of the first doses of injectable vaccine against swine flu, Baltimore City and some area counties have begun scheduling their first public clinics for priority groups: those ages 6 months to 24 years, pregnant women, health care workers, people taking care of infants, and adults ages 25-64 with underlying health conditions.
October 14, 2009
With all the attention given to the slow pace of distribution of the swine flu vaccine, doctors and other providers are raising concerns about a shortage of vaccine for the other flu that is expected to slam the state and country this year.
October 14, 2009
A 10th person in Maryland has died of swine flu, state health officials said Tuesday. The person, an adult from Western Maryland, had underlying health problems. As with other deaths related to the H1N1 virus, officials would not release further details.
October 13, 2009
As Maryland's hospitals brace for the worst that the swine flu pandemic could offer, they are making big changes in the way they handle visitors - restricting children, limiting certain adult visitors and issuing face masks at entrances - in an effort to stem the virus' spread.
October 12, 2009
Tracey Haldeman is not taking any chances with her business being disrupted this flu season. So the president of Baltimore's Pinnacle Communications is providing an attractive incentive for her eight employees to get vaccinated for both the seasonal and H1N1 viruses: an hour of free personal training and a paid day off.
October 10, 2009
Alexandra McKinty will not be putting her 13-month-old in line for the swine flu vaccine. Madelyn, she says, has already had too many shots in her short life. And Loretta Jergensen of Parkville is worried that the vaccine wasn't adequately tested, so her two children also will probably pass.
October 2, 2009
The first shipments of swine flu vaccine should start arriving in Maryland by Tuesday, but the initial batch will be so limited that the doses will be offered mainly to health care workers in hospitals and clinics, state health officials say.
October 1, 2009
Destinee Alicia Parker was an aspiring artist who loved animals, Lil Wayne and scary movies. She and her two sisters were known as the "Parker Posse" at Montebello Elementary/Middle School. And although she was healthy, she died of swine flu Tuesday night.
September 21, 2009
At least 3.4 million doses of vaccine against the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus will be available at the beginning of October, and about 20 million doses per week should become available soon after that, federal officials said today. The first vaccine available will be MedImmune's FluMist inhalable vaccine, but injectable vaccines should be distributed soon after that, Dr. Jay Butler, chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2009 H1N1 vaccine task force, said at a morning news conference. The inhalable vaccine has not been approved for children under age 2, adults over age 49 or pregnant women, so it may go primarily to healthcare providers.
August 14, 2009
Maryland health officials reported Thursday a sixth death associated with swine flu. Officials would not release details about the death, except to say it was an adult from the Washington suburbs with an underlying medical condition. As of last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 436 deaths and 6,506 hospitalizations associated with the virus, known as H1N1. As infections continue to spread widely, the federal agency and state health departments have stopped recording confirmed flu cases that do not result in deaths or hospitalizations. On Monday, researchers began testing an H1N1 vaccine on adults at academic sites nationwide, including the University of Maryland's Center for Vaccine Development, in anticipation of what could be a mass vaccination campaign in October.
August 11, 2009
Kevin Stranen left his home in Philadelphia at 5 a.m. Monday eager to make it to Baltimore to roll up his sleeve for the University of Maryland's swine flu vaccine trial.
June 24, 2009
An elderly woman from the Baltimore area is the first person in Maryland to die of swine flu, health officials said Tuesday.
May 25, 2009
Baltimore has its first three confirmed cases of H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, the city health department said Sunday.
May 6, 2009
Six Maryland schools were scheduled to reopen Wednesday morning after state health officials, relying on advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, decided the severity of the swine flu outbreak did not warrant keeping students at home.
May 6, 2009
The number of swine flu cases in Mexico is stabilizing. In the U.S., though more people are being diagnosed with the virus, cases have been mostly mild, claiming two lives. And health officials have backed off on closing schools where students are sick.
April 28, 2009
Frequent questions and their answers.
April 28, 2009
Officials advised Monday against most travel to Mexico, the center of an outbreak of swine flu suspected of killing almost 150 people there and sickening at least 50 through its spread to the United States.