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CNCHD reminding residents to get their flu shots

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 4:53 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper-Natrona County Health Department is reminding residents to get their flu shots. CNCHD began seeing influenza cases in October, and they don’t expect it to slow down anytime soon.

“Typically normal flu season really kind of ramps up January to February and will continue through about March, so in order for us to see it this early, it is concerning. That could mean we’re going to have a very difficult or very long flu season,” said Hailey Bloom, the Public Information Officer for CNCHD.

CNCHD says flu shots are the most effective way to prevent yourself from possibly fighting a severe influenza case. Anyone six months or older is eligible to receive a flu shot. Those 65 years or older are eligible to receive a high-dose flue shot for extra protection. CNCHD says although influenza affects people of all ages, many cases in Natrona county are seen in children and those weaker immune systems.

“A lot of people describes the flu as being something that really takes them down and out. It can really prevent you from being able to do normal activities especially like work or something like that for quite a bit of time,” said Bloom.

The health department currently does not have any flu shots in stock but recommends contacting your pharmacy or provider to make sure you get yours.

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