Influenza is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It is most often spread through coughing, sneezing, and nasal secretions. Although most people are sick for a few days to a week, young children, older adults (over 65), pregnant women, and those with certain health problems and weaker immune systems are more likely to develop severe illness. Every year thousands of people die from influenza, and many more are hospitalized.

In the 2017-2018 flu season, Montana had 979 hospitalizations and 79 deaths. In the U.S., it is estimated 79,000 deaths occurred.

Every fall and winter, the Gallatin City-County Health Department hosts walk-in flu clinics and also takes appointments for flu vaccinations.

Call (406) 582-3100 for more information.

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