Flu shot season starts Oct. 1

A syringe tray set up at the Casper-Natrona County Health Department in Casper, Wyo. on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) It’s the time of year when you begin thinking about getting a flu shot. The Casper-Natrona County Health Department will start administering them Oct. 1.

“The vaccine that we carry will be a quadrivalent flu vaccine, which means it’s covering against four strains of flu. That’s two types of influenza A and two types of influenza B,” said Hilary Cage, Casper-Natrona County Health Department Disease Prevention Clinic Manager.

She said scientists decide the four strains based on what they think will be common during the upcoming flu season.

Cage also said getting the vaccine is the best way to avoid getting the flu. Though the shot won’t prevent the flu, it can make symptoms and complications less severe.

She said, since it’s an inactive vaccine, there aren’t many reasons people shouldn’t get vaccinated, even if you have a compromised immune system.

“It cannot give you true influenza disease. After a vaccine, a person might have an immune response to the vaccine itself where you might experience a low grade fever or a little bit of body aches but those symptoms are truly mild in comparison to having a true influenza infection,” Cage said.

The health department will host two upcoming clinics. The first is Oct. 16 at the Casper Senior Center. The other is at the department headquarters on Spruce St. on Oct. 26.

Cage said if you can’t make either clinic, you can schedule an appointment at the Disease Prevention Clinic at the health department. Walk-ins are also allowed. It costs $25 and the department accepts most insurance plans and Medicare and Medicaid.