Flu Watch

Jan 16, 2013 9:31 AM by Dax VanFossen - KAJ News

Western MT flu cases rise, some pharmacies run out of vaccines

KALISPELL - The number of flu cases continues to rise in Western Montana and in Flathead County alone, say flu cases are expected to surpass 300 by early next week.

Missoula health officials say there are now 101 cases of the influence, and 22 people are now in the hospital.

Flathead County Health Department Director Joe Russell points out that in the Flathead, fewer than 40% of the population is vaccinated.

Some questions about how effective this vaccine is has also been an issue with some.

"The vaccine over all age periods seems to have been about 62% effective. The younger you are, the higher the effectiveness. The older you are the lower the effectiveness. So when you look at it at all ages, it's about 62%."

We are told the vaccine is not available right now at the Western Montana Clinic in Missoula, as well as at some local pharmacies including Lolo Drug.

Some of the chain pharmacies in Western Montana have been receiving new doses of the vaccine, so it's best to check with your health provider and local pharmacies for vaccine availability.

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