Sep 25, 2012 1:48 AM by Tara Grimes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Cascade City-County Health Department is urging people get their flu shots.
County Commissioners helped get that message started by getting their flu shots on Monday morning.
Commissioner Joe Briggs noted, "The shots are perfectly safe, they're not particularly painful or anything like that. So quite frankly I don't know why most people wouldn't go ahead and get it."
The CCHD will host its annual drive-through flu-shot clinic on Tuesday for adults; it starts at 10 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. at Montana ExpoPark.
Children older than six months of age can attend the the walk-in flu shot clinic on October 2 at the Montana ExpoPark from noon until 5 p.m.
The cost of the flu shot is $25 for adults and $14 for children. CCHD will accept Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Healthy Montana Kids and other insurances, cash, check or credit.
CCHD asks that people present any and all insurance cards they may have.
CCHD recommends that anyone age 6 months or older receive their flu vaccination, but certain groups are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu and are highly encouraged to get immunized.
Those groups include:
- children under 5 years old
- adults age 65 and older
- pregnant women (CCHD requires a note from your OBGYN to be vaccinated)
- people with long term medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, blood disorders, lung disease, etc.