Flu Season is Upon Us!

Did you know?? Getting a flu vaccination is the best way to protect against getting the seasonal flu. Who should get vaccinated? Annual vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and over, even for those who received the vaccine for the previous season. When should you get vaccinated? Seasonal flu vaccine is currently […]

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August 3, 2015 | Immunizations, Kids & Families

Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. Recently, the CDC recognized immunizations as one of the ten great public health achievements in the 20th century. Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things a parent can do […]

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New Vaccine Requirements for School Attendance

Parents: As you may have heard, there are new vaccine requirements for school attendance. As a result of House Bill 158, students are now required to be vaccinated against varicella (chickenpox) and must receive a pertussis booster vaccine prior to entering 7th grade. This law goes into effect October 1, 2015. To ensure consistent and […]

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Make Your Child’s Shots Less Stressful

Vaccines help protect babies and young children against 14 serious diseases. Even though you are keeping her safe from diseases, it’s hard to see your child cry when she gets her shots. But you can take some steps before, during, and after a vaccine visit to ease the pain and stress of getting shots. Read […]

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National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, NIIW is scheduled to be held April 18-25, 2015. On Saturday, April 25th from 9am-1pm, the Gallatin City-County […]

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Measles Outbreak

February 1, 2015 | Communicable Disease, Immunizations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multi-state outbreak of measles originating from Disneyland Resort Theme Parks in California. This outbreak of 84 cases (as of January 28, 2015) has spread to 14 states including Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nebraska, Arizona and Colorado. While no cases of measles have been reported in […]

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Are You Flu Ready?

National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 7-13) The holiday season is upon us, and unfortunately so is influenza season… Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is a serious and contagious illness that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Not to be confused with the stomach virus that’s sometimes referred to as the stomach […]

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Flu Vaccinations are in Full Swing!

There is a lot of information in the media about regular seasonal influenza. Getting a flu vaccination is the best way to protect against getting the seasonal flu. The regular seasonal flu vaccine contains three vaccine viruses and one of these strains provides protection against the H1N1 virus. The 2014-2015 trivalent or quadrivalent influenza vaccine […]

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All About Rabies!

September 9, 2014 | Communicable Disease, Immunizations

By The Gallatin City-County Health Department’s Communicable Disease Program   Rabies – What is it? Rabies is a preventable infectious virus that attacks the central nervous system of all mammals, including humans, causing swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and ultimately death. Although rabies is rare in humans, death for animals will usually occur within several […]

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The Back to School Countdown: Vaccination Clinics

Daycare & School Vaccinations The 2014/2015 school season is right around the corner, and as we prepare in the form of back-to-school shopping and stocking up on school supplies, there are other important factors to consider: Back to School Vaccinations. There are strict regulations in place that require infants and children to have up-to-date vaccinations […]

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