Health Officials Recommend Getting Flu Shots Early - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Health Officials Recommend Getting Flu Shots Early

Posted: Updated:

Influenza season is right around the corner and health officials want to stress to everyone to get vaccinated.

"There's no reason to wait to get your flu shot, now is the time," said Matt Kelley, Gallatin County Health Department.

A study done by Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Center for Disease and Control found that getting the flu vaccination reduced the risk of flu-related hospitalizations by 71% among adults in the 2011-2012 flu season.

Matt Kelley with the Gallatin County Health Department said to make sure this number continues to decrease peoples need to get their flu shot as soon as possible.

"It's the best that we have to protect ourselves, our families and our community," said Kelley. "Each year in this country we see between 10,000-50,000 people die from influenza related illness. There are between 100,000 and 200,000 people who are hospitalized due to influenza related illnesses."

Last year, 749 influenza were cases reported in Gallatin County. Those are only cases of people who went to see their health provider. Kelley said many more were not reported.

"The biggest impact tends to be the elderly, people who are over the age of 65," said Kelley.

This year, new flu vaccine is available, quadrivalent that protects against four strands of the flu instead of only three strands.

"It protects against two strands of influenza A and one strand of influenza B. This year, the 4 strand flu vaccine protects against two strands of influenza A and two strands of influenza B," said Kelley.

Kelley said there are three things you can do to avoid getting the flu.

"People need to get vaccinated, make sure they are washing their hands thoroughly and when people get sick and they think they have influenza, they see their health care provider," said Kelley.

Kelley said there is no way to know whether or not it will be a busy flu season until the first case is reported.

The Gallatin County Health Department will be giving flu shots at the Bozeman Senior Center this Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

They also offer walk-in flu immunization clinics on Mondays from 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Gallatin County Health Department located 215 W. Mendenhall.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Counterfeit One Dollar Bills in Butte

    Counterfeit One Dollar Bills in Butte

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:09:41 GMT
    Some people in Butte discover the money in their wallet is fake. Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Franklin, those are the faces you usually see on counterfeit money but George Washington? Now, that's rare.
    Some people in Butte discover the money in their wallet is fake. Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Franklin, those are the faces you usually see on counterfeit money but George Washington? Now, that's rare.
  • Many Frustrated By Stalled Cobell Settlements

    Many Frustrated By Stalled Cobell Settlements

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:30:30 GMT
    In Congress Wednesday, the group in charge of doling out Cobell settlement claims says it's waiting on setting exact amounts and a judge's okay before making the rest of the payments.
    In Congress Wednesday, the group in charge of doling out Cobell settlement claims says it's waiting on setting exact amounts and a judge's okay before making the rest of the payments.
  • UM and MSU Broadcast Schedule

    UM and MSU Broadcast Schedule

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:11:45 GMT
    The 2014 University of Montana and Montana State broadcast schedule.
    The 2014 University of Montana and Montana State broadcast schedule.
  • Kalispell Airshow Announces Full Lineup

    Kalispell Airshow Announces Full Lineup

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:24:08 GMT
    The Kalispell chamber of commerce prepares for more than 30,000 people to come out this August to see the Thunderbirds, but that's not the only attraction.
    The Kalispell chamber of commerce prepares for more than 30,000 people to come out this August to see the Thunderbirds, but that's not the only attraction.
  • Ancient Genome Sheds Light On Prehistoric Man

    Ancient Genome Sheds Light On Prehistoric Man

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:31 AM EDT2014-07-31 04:31:21 GMT
    The remains of a young boy buried in southern Montana more than 12,000 years ago is shedding light on the history of prehistoric man.
    The remains of a young boy buried in southern Montana more than 12,000 years ago is shedding light on the history of prehistoric man.
  • Montana State Prison Receives Accreditation for the Second Time

    Montana State Prison Receives Accreditation for the Second Time

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-07-30 04:20:16 GMT
    For the second time in Montana state prison's history the infirmary is being recognized as an accredited health care facility.
    For the second time in Montana state prison's history the infirmary is being recognized as an accredited health care facility.
  • Missoula Business Finds Niche in Treehouses

    Missoula Business Finds Niche in Treehouses

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:24:43 GMT
    For most of us, being able to walk out your back door and take off flying around your backyard, finally coming to a rest high in the trees-- only exists in our imagination.
    For most of us, being able to walk out your back door and take off flying around your backyard, finally coming to a rest high in the trees-- only exists in our imagination.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.