Public Health Office Encourages Flu Shots
Written by Andrew-Rossi on October 23, 2017
Along with winter weather comes flu season, and the Park County Public Health Office warns that certain demographics could experience a bout of illness this winter.
Public Health Nursing Supervisor Bill Crampton says that people with chronic illness or who are susceptible to respiratory issues should definitely get a flu shot.
Crampton says last year was a moderately severe flu year, based on information provided by medical professionals as well as a percentage of people who report to clinics and hospitals with flu-like symptoms. However, according to his information, Crampton says no one in Park County or surrounding counties died from influenza.
A complication for consumers this year is advertising hype centered around the high-dose flu vaccine. Crampton says in his opinion, as well as in the opinion of the Centers for Disease Control, the high-dose vaccine is not necessary.
Crampton says the Public Health Office offers a vaccine that covers four different strains of flu – and walk in clinics are held Wednesdays and Fridays at their office in the Park County Courthouse from 1-4 p.m. He says there are other opportunities around town to receive the vaccine as well, at places like the Billings Clinic, schools and the senior center.
Crampton says last year’s flu season began in September and wound down in March.