Influenza Clinics

  • LAST WALK IN FLU CLINIC DATE IS TOMORROW TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21ST FROM 9-11:30AM.
  • After November 21st an appointment will be needed, please call 406 582-3100.
  • Save time and Click below for our fillable/printable flu consent form, please check that you have had an opportunity to read the  HIPAA Notice of Privacy and the FLU VIS (Vaccine information Statement also below.)

 

We have pediatric, adult and high dose flu vaccination for people 65 or older.

In accordance with Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices(ACIP) we will not offer Flumist this year.  Analysis of the Flumist’s effectiveness showed that it was less effective than the injection.  This data was taken from four different observational studies looking at the flu vaccine’s effectiveness in the pediatric population.

There are many flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses that research suggest will be most common. For 2017-2018, three-component vaccines are recommended to contain:

  • anA/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • anA/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
  • a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (BVictoria lineage) virus
  • Four-component vaccines, which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are recommended to be produced using the same viruses recommended for the trivalent vaccines, as well as a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.

Vaccine Information Statement

Cost

Regular and pediatric quadrivalent, $41.00

High dose flu for 65+ (this has three strains, not four), $73.00

We carry Fluarix (GSK) and Fluzone (Sanofi)

We bill insurance for adults and children, so bring your insurance information with you.

If your child is non insured, they qualify for the VFC Program through the age of 18.

Call us for more details at 406 582-3100

 

Why get an influenza (flu) shot?

Influenza is a contagious disease. Caused by the influenza virus, it is most often spread through coughing, sneezing, and nasal secretions. Although most people are only sick for a few days to a week, young children, older adults (over 65), pregnant women, and those with certain health problems and weaker immune systems are more likely to get really sick, sometimes resulting in high fevers and pneumonia, as well as seizures and diarrhea in young children. Every year thousands of people die from influenza, and many more are hospitalized.

The flu shot can help protect you and your family from getting sick and missing school and work. But it can also protect the health of the community, by limiting the spread of influenza to those who are the most susceptible to becoming very ill.

When to get the influenza (flu) shot

Although most cases occur in January and February, influenza season is technically between September and May. It’s best to get the flu shot as soon as it’s available in order to protect you and your family for the entire season.

Who should get the influenza (flu) shot?

Everyone over the age of six months, especially those who are in close contact with infants under six months of age, those who work in healthcare, and those who are around or are included in high-risk populations, which includes young children, older adults (over 65), pregnant women, and those with certain health problems and weaker immune systems.

Did you know pregnant women can get their flu shot at any point during pregnancy? The flu shot is the best way to protect pregnant women and their babies from the flu

 

What are symptoms of influenza?

For most people, symptoms only last a few days, including:

• Fever/chills

• Cough

• Sore throat

• Headaches

• Muscle aches

• Runny/stuffy nose

• Fatigue

• Quick onset

Resources:

CDC facts about the flu shot