Influenza Continues to Circulate

The Montana Public Health Laboratory has confirmed almost 100 cases of H1N1 influenza in the state since testing began in late April. 120 cases of seasonal influenza have also been confirmed within that same time. With influenza still circulating in our community, the Cascade City-County Health Department continues to emphasize the prevention strategies that can make all the difference.

“Good hand-washing, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick are still the best ways to prevent the flu,” says Trixie Smith, Prevention Services Manager at CCHD. Cascade County confirmed its first case of H1N1 influenza late last week. About 20 other counties in Montana confirmed cases earlier this year.

While hand and cough hygiene are very important, vaccination remains the best prevention tool. “It’s really important that everyone gets their influenza immunization this year,” says Alicia Thompson, City-County Health Department Health Officer. CCHD will begin offering seasonal flu vaccinations in mid-October.