Early start to flu season in Missoula County, vaccine clinics available

Health officials confirmed two cases of influenza in Missoula County on Tuesday, a few months earlier than when flu season normally ramps up.

Typically, the first cases of flu are reported in late December or early January, according to a press release from Missoula Public Health (MPH).

“This is a very early year for flu season,” said Cindy Farr, director of Health Promotion at MPH, in a press release, “and we would like to encourage people to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting a flu shot now.”

MPH offers walk-in flu and COVID vaccines Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Wednesday by appointment. Patients should bring a photo ID and insurance card if they have one.

MPH is also offering flu and COVID vaccines at three upcoming clinics:

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2 to 7 p.m., Missoula County Fairgrounds, Home Arts BuildingSaturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Health and Wellness Fair, University of Montana in the UC Ballroom (flu, COVID, TDaP, shingles, pneumonia vaccines will all be available at this clinic.)Friday, Oct. 27, 4 to 7 p.m., Imagine Nation Brewing 0 Comments You must be logged in to react.

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