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Nov 30, 2010 6:52 PM by Travis Clark

Suspected influenza case reported in Butte-Silver Bow

The flu season has arrived with confirmed cases reported in Montana. Right now there are no confirmed cases of the flu in the Butte-Sliver Bow, but there is one suspected case involving a 3-month-old infant who is currently being taken care of at St. James Healthcare, according to the city-county health department.

There are two confirmed cases in Gallatin County and one in Wheatland County. Health officials say that those over the age of 6 months should be vaccinated and that getting the vaccination as soon as possible is the quickest way to be protected.

For those still leery about getting a shot, side effects include some redness or swelling at the site the shot was given, but it normally only lasts one or two days. As much as receiving a shot might bother people, getting the flu can be much worse.

Influenza viruses are always changing, so annual vaccinations is recommended each year.

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