It’s that time of year where the leaves are changing and there’s a crispness to the air. The fall season certainly has a lot of wonderful things to offer. What’s not so wonderful is that it’s also the start of flu season. For Idaho residents, last year saw the highest related deaths in decades. Of the 101 flu-related deaths, 97 were people over 50 years old, and the rest occurring in the 18 – 49 year old range. So far this year, Southeast Idaho has not seen the same number of cases as neighboring counties.
You can track the number of cases weekly here.
Now is the time to start thinking about getting your flu shot. Our physicians recommend getting your shot in mid-October to late November. If you have specific questions, talk to your doctor or a physician that can recommend the type and dose that’s right for your health needs.
At Franklin County Medical Center, we’ll continue to offer flu shots for the community through our on-campus clinic. Here’s some quick info for getting your flu shot this season:
Where: Willow Valley Medical Clinic welcomes walk-ins or you can call to schedule an appointment.
Office Hours: 8 am – 5 pm
Cost: Most medical insurance covers the cost. If you would like to pay cash, the cost is $25
Who: Recommended for those 6 months or older
Types of Vaccination: We only offer injection at this time and don’t offer nasal spray. There is a high dose vaccine that is licensed specifically for those 65 and older