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Dr. Casey Harbine takes a look at some of the myths surrounding the flu vaccine during the Jan. 3 edition of Morning Rounds.
Health officials are urging Montanans to get their flu shots with influenza now widespread across the Treasure State.
The latest report from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services shows that there have been 613 cases of flu in the state, resulting in 115 hospitalizations and seven deaths this season.
More information on the flu can be found on the US Centers for Disease Control website, including the following:
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Signs and Symptoms of Flu
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms that usually start suddenly, not gradually:
Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Fatigue (very tired)
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.