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Richland County has First Influenza Case for This Season


The Richland County Health Department (RCHD) has confirmed the first influenza case in our county.

Public health officials say that this first cases is a great reminder for the public to get vaccinated against influenza as soon as possible.

Vaccine is widely available and it is not too late to receive your shot.

Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone older than six months. Annual vaccination is the safest and most effective method to prevent influenza infections. The composition of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and updated to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates will be the most common during the upcoming season. Protection provided by vaccination lasts throughout the entire flu season, even when vaccine is given in early fall. A new dose is needed every year to keep up active defense against viruses.

Influenza Symptoms

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills

- Cough

- Sore throat

- Runny or stuffy nose

- Muscle or body aches

- Headaches

- Fatigue (tiredness)

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

“Individuals with asthma, diabetes and many other chronic medical conditions, the elderly, pregnant women and young children can become very ill if infected by influenza”, said Jim Murphy of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Bureau. “We urge people to get vaccinated now to protect themselves and others who are vulnerable.”

“Improving and Protecting the Health, Well-Being and Self-Reliance of All Montanans.”

People wanting to get immunized, or have their children vaccinated, should consult their healthcare provider. Vaccinations are available at doctor offices, county health departments, and pharmacies. Richland County Health Department has vaccine available during clinic hours Monday, Tuesday & Wednesdays from noon to 4:30 pm – no appointment needed. Call 433-2207 for more information.


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