Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana will be partnering with the Teton County Health Department to offer flu shots to anyone age 6 months and older during an immunization event on Tuesday.
They will be canvassing Teton County with flu shot clinics scheduled in Bynum and Power on October 9, Choteau and Dutton on October 30, and Fairfield and Greenfield on October 31. Mobile clinics will be set up at local area schools, however they are all open to the general public – anyone is welcome to come get a flu shot, even people who don’t live in Teton County. BCBSMT will be assisting with the use of its Care Van. Public health nurses with the TCHD will be giving the shots.
The Care Van is a community outreach program BCBSMT began several years ago offering to assist clinics and other health officials around the state administer vaccinations by assisting with marketing and financial support, with the goal of increasing vaccination rates in Montana. The TCHD has been working with the Care Van since 2015.
Anyone interested in receiving a vaccination should bring their insurance card, if they have one. For individuals with no health insurance or insurance that does not cover vaccinations, there will be no out of pocket costs for the vaccinations.
The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. Flu vaccination has important benefits. It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Flu vaccine also has been shown to be life-saving in children. This year the TCHD will offer an egg-free, preservative-free version of the flu vaccine called FluBlok, for individuals who have egg allergies.
For more information, contact the Teton County Health Department at 466-2562.