Flu Confirmed in Cascade County

The City-County Health Department has received confirmation of Cascade County’s first influenza case of the season from the Montana Public Health Laboratory.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness with symptoms that may include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. The flu virus can be spread from person to person through droplets when sneezing or coughing. Influenza and flu-related complications kill an average of 36,000 Americans and hospitalizes more than 200,000 each year.

“A flu shot is still the best protection against the flu, and it isn’t too late,” said Alicia Thompson, CCHD Health Officer, ” and, of course, continue to practice prevention–wash your hands, cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze and stay home when you are sick.”

Flu shots are still available at the City-County Health Department every Tuesday from 1-4:30pm and Wednesdays through Fridays from 8:30-11:30am and 1-4:30pm. No appointments are necessary. Shots cost $14 for children and $25 for adults. Medicare, Medicaid and Healthy Montana Kids are accepted along with cash, checks, credit cards and other insurances.

For more information call the Health Department Immunization Desk at 761-9898 or click here to visit CCHD’s Immunizations web page.