Flu Shot Clinics Coming to Great Falls
Get your flu shot from immunization professionals at the Community Drive Through and Walk-In Flu Shot Clinics!
The Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) wants to remind residents that the 2015 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 Through Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, September 22nd from 12:00-4:30 pm at the MT Expo Park. 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! The cost is $30.00 and we can accept cash, check or credit cards only at this event. Insurance will not be accepted at the Drive Through, but clients can submit their receipt for reimbursement if they have the applicable coverage.
Those who are 6 months and older can be vaccinated at the Community Walk In Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, September 29th from 12:00-4:30 pm at the Exhibition Hall at MT Expo Park. Patrons will enjoy a friendly atmosphere while they complete their registration and immunization. Again, the cost is $30.00 and we will accept all forms of payment including insurance.
Influenza or the flu, is a serious upper respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms can include fever, cough, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills, headache, and fatigue. Your best defense against the flu is to get immunized. Also maintaining healthy habits such as frequent hand washing, covering coughs, and staying home when ill can help prevent the spread of the flu virus.
People at high risk for serious flu complications include those with underlying chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or neurologic conditions. Pregnant women, children under 5, adults over 65, nursing home residents and anyone with a weakened immune system also have higher risks of flu complications.
The Montana Department of Health and Human Services reports that there have already been 12 total cases of influenza across the state. While this is not considered unusual, it does indicate that the flu season is arriving about a month earlier than last year. Many of these cases appear to be related to travel outside of Montana, including the first confirmed case in Lewis and Clark County. Given the flu’s early appearance this year, it is important that no one delay getting their immunization. Remember that it takes two weeks for the vaccine to work in your body to provide you protection.
For more information, visit the CCHD website at www.cchdmt.org.
All media inquiries should be directed to Rod Jackson at W:454-6950, x 6110 or C:788-8300 Interview opportunities will available throughout the events.
Rod Jackson 454-6950 x6110 Mobile: 788-8300