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Flu vaccine available and highly recommended

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MISSOULA - The Missoula City County Health Department says the number of new flu cases remains high statewide.

Since late September, over 4,000 cases of the flu have been reported with nearly 500 hospitalizations, and 24 deaths in Montana. Despite a rise in the number of flu shots given, the health department has plenty of the vaccine available, and they are encouraging those who have not received a flu shot to get one.

A recent trend is providing even more reason to get the shot as soon as you can.

“It’s lasting a long time. I’m starting to see influenza B’s of people that are hospitalized," said Pam Whitney, a RN at the Missoula City-County Health Department. "Generally, it’s the influenza A that’s hospitalized people, and that one is more severe, but I’m starting to see a lot of B’s, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing up yet.”

Whitney says that while the flu shot has only proven to be about 30 percent effective, it’s better than not getting one at all.

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