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Health Officials: Flu Causes 15 Deaths in MT

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State health officials release some shocking numbers to remind people to get the flu vaccine. They said in Montana alone, 15 people died of the disease last flu season.

Numbers from the Department of Health and Human Services show there were more than 10,000 confirmed or suspected cases of the flu last year in Big Sky Country. They said more than 300 people were hospitalized on top of the 15 deaths, not including the unreported cases.

"Flu season is upon us. It can happen from as early as October and go as late as May. Getting a flu shot and hand washing are the biggest things you can do to prevent germs from spreading this season, so we just want people to stay healthy," said Sara Heineman, the Immunization and Travel Clinic Nursing Supervisor for the Missoula City-County Health Department.

Missoula health officials said most health departments carry the shots. Pharmacies, primary care physicians and pediatricians do as well.

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