Community Flu Shot Clinics

The Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) wants to remind residents that the 2013 Community Flu Shot Clinics are right around the corner! Adults age 18 and older can get their immunization from the comfort of their own vehicle at the Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, September 24th from 10:00am-2:00pm at the MT ExpoPark.  Whether you have a car, truck, four-wheeler, bicycle, motorcycle or moped, this is an opportunity for people to literally drive thru to prevent the flu!

Those who are 6 months and older can be vaccinated at the Community Walk In Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, October 1st from 12:00pm-5:00pm at the Exhibition Hall at MT ExpoPark.  Patrons will enjoy a friendly atmosphere while they complete their registration and immunization.  Then, they can relax in the coffee corner and enjoy a free cup of coffee.

In addition to helping protect the community from influenza, these clinics are a great opportunity for CCHD and other community partners to test emergency response plans and practice working together in case our community ever faces an emergency or disaster.  The Great Falls Clinic, Great Falls Emergency Services (GFES), City of Great Falls, Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, and numerous volunteer agencies are some of the partners that are at the table for the planning and execution of this annual event.  Justin Grohs, General Manager of GFES states, “This is an excellent opportunity for us to work with many of our response partners on an event that helps protect the community from a potentially serious illness.”  He goes on to add that, “Participating in these and other events, allows us to step outside of our more traditional role and show our adaptability and willingness to assist in whatever capacity needed.”

This year, the flu shot clinics fall right on the heels of a Pandemic Planning and Preparedness course that several CCHD staff and one individual from the Great Falls Clinic attended.  This training is offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, AL.  The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.  The Pandemic Planning and Preparedness Class, includes important information on the challenges posed by the threat of pandemic influenza.  Attendees learned many different things, including different aspects of the flu, how to write plans to respond to an emergency of this nature, and methods for helping protect the community from this potentially deadly illness.  The Community Flu Shot Clinics are a great opportunity to test current plans and utilize some of the great information that attendees learned in Anniston.

Health Officer for CCHD, Alicia M. Thompson states, “The annual flu clinics are very important for the overall preparedness of our community to respond to a large scale public health emergency; the more community members who utilize the clinics, the better we are able to exercise our plans.  I encourage all citizens of Cascade County to participate.”

The cost of the flu shot is $25 for adults and $15 for children. Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Healthy Montana Kids and other insurances, cash, check or credit will all be accepted at the Clinics. CCHD asks that people present any and all insurance cards they may have.