Fight the flu with the immunization experts!

Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic

Thursday, Sept. 20 from 10 AM to 2 PM

  • Get your flu shot without even getting out of your car!
  • Located at the Montana Expo Park
  • There will be multiple lanes available for fast and convenient service
  • Adults 18 years of age and older only (high dose vaccine available for those over 50)

Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic

Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 12 to 4:30 PM

  • Located at the Montana Expo Park’s Exhibition Hall
  • Perfect for anyone 6 months and older (high dose vaccine available for those over 50)

The cost of a flu shot is $30 (excludes high dose vaccine for people over 50) and is fully covered by most insurances, including Medicaid and Medicare. We also accept cash, check, or credit/debit cards.

 

Why get the flu shot?

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu. You won’t just be protecting yourself, but everyone around you—including older people, very young children, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

And, by getting your flu shot, you’ll be making sure you’re healthy and energized for hunting season, time with family over the holidays, skiing, snowshoeing, and more!

Who should get vaccinated?
Everyone! Vaccination is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and up. It is especially important for certain populations:

  • Infants
  • The elderly
  • Pregnant women*
  • Those with chronic health conditions
  • Healthcare workers
  • Anyone in close contact with an infant 6 months of age or younger

*If you are pregnant and want to be vaccinated, CCHD flu shot clinics require a doctor’s note

 

Learn more about the flu, prevention, and treatment on this Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services web page, or by visiting the CDC‘s website.

 

2 Comments on “Fight the flu with the immunization experts!

  1. I have an egg allergy. Does Cascade County offer the flu vaccine that is not made with eggs?

  2. Hi Carole,

    Thanks for asking! You have a couple of options. First, we will be offering the “higher dose” FluBlok vaccine, a quadrivalent flu shot which is not egg-based. However, whether we would recommend it depends on your age and the types of allergic symptoms you exhibit when exposed to egg. It is suitable for anyone over 18 years of age but, as I’ll outline below, it may not be necessary. FluBlok is also more expensive (but with an egg allergy, and depending on your age, you may be able to get that covered by insurance as well).

    Second, you should also know that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that the regular egg-based flu shot is suitable for people with egg sensitivities, even for people with an egg allergy. You can take a look on this web page about the FluBlok Trivalent vaccine, which is grown in the same culture as the FluBlok Quadrivalent that we’ll be offering (the information on egg allergy is at the bottom of the webpage): https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/qa_flublok-vaccine.htm

    I will note that I am not a medical expert and do not know the details of your allergic reactions to egg-based products, so I would recommend coming to a flu shot clinic and speaking with one of our public health nurses. They can ask you questions about your egg allergy and help you determine which flu shot is best for you. You can also feel free to email me any more questions/comments you have at aattaway@cascadecountymt.gov, or you can call 406-454-6950 and ask for the immunizations desk. One way or the other, we’ll get you the answers you need.

    Thanks again for reaching out!

    Anna Attaway