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. Stay tuned for more information.
We have an income-based sliding fee scale, and we can bill insurance for those who have it. Please call for pricing questions, 406-582-3100.
Every fall and winter, the Gallatin City-County Health Department takes appointments for influenza vaccinations. Although it’s commonly referred to as the flu “shot,” it comes in both shot and nasal mist form, and our registered nurses can help you determine the best form for you and your family.
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.
What are symptoms of influenza?
For most people, symptoms only last a few days, including:
• Sore throat
• Muscle aches
• Runny/stuffy nose
• Quick onset