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 available, and the CDC recommends that people should be vaccinated as soon possible. Seasonal flu vaccine will continue to be available throughout the influenza season into December, January, and beyond.

Vaccine facts
The seasonal flu vaccine contains three or four influenza viruses in each dose. The viruses in the vaccine generally change each year based on international surveillance and scientists’ estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year.

This year’s flu shot contains the following strains:

  • A/California/7/2009(H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A/Hong Kong/4801/2014(H3N2)-like virus
  • B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus(BVictoria lineage)

Four component vaccines are recommended to include the same three viruses above, plus an additional B virus called B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus. (B/Yamagata lineage.)

It takes about two weeks after receiving the vaccine for your body to build antibodies to provide protection against the seasonal flu virus.

How can I get the vaccine?
The Gallatin City-County Health Department gave over 2,000 flu vaccinations during our walk-in flu clinics and flu business clinics from September through November.  It is not too late to get your flu shot.  Please call us at 406 582-3100 to make an appointment.

What type of flu vaccine is available at Gallatin City-County Health Department?

Fluarix 3+ yrs $40 Quadrivalent
Fluzone 6-36 months $40 Quadrivalent
Fluzone HiDose 65+ yrs $52 Trivalent

How do I get additional information?

For more information on Healthy Gallatin influenza clinics, click here.

To schedule an appointment at the Gallatin City-County Health Department, call 582-3100.

CDC’s What You Should Know for the 2015-2016 Flu Season Fact Sheet