GREAT FALLS —The Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) has seen an increase of reported influenza cases in Cascade County. Surveillance efforts are finding that a number of these influenza cases are presenting without a fever and are showing more cold-like symptoms.
CCHD would like to remind residents about the continued risk of influenza in our community and how people can protect themselves from this contagious illness.
Influenza is a potentially life-threatening respiratory illness with symptoms that may include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. The flu virus is contagious and spreads from person to person through droplets when sneezing or coughing. It can also spread when a person touches an object with the virus on it and then touches their mouth, nose, or eyes.
A resident’s best line of defense against the influenza is to get the flu shot. Even if the vaccine does not completely prevent influenza, it can still help lessen the intensity and duration of the illness.
CCHD continues to offer the flu shot on a walk-in basis during clinic hours. Our Public Health Nurses are Cascade County’s immunization experts and are available to assist people interested in receiving their flu shot, no appointment necessary. In addition, there is no cost with most insurance and all forms of payment are accepted.
CCHD Immunization Clinic Hours:
Tuesday: 8:30am to 11:30am
Wednesday-Friday: 8:30am to 11:30am, 1:00pm to 4:30pm
The flu shot and other healthy habits can protect you and your family from influenza. “Oftentimes, illnesses can be prevented with a few simple prevention habits,” states Trixie Smith, Prevention Services Division Manager. “These habits include frequent hand washing, covering your coughs and sneezes, and staying home when you are sick.” These simple prevention habits can keep you and your family healthy during the winter, and all year long.