Health officials in Flathead County are urging the most vulnerable individuals in the community to stay updated on their vaccines for COVID-19, flu, and RSV this fall. Dr. Jonathan Anderson, a Family Physician at Logan Health in Kalispell, emphasizes that vaccines are crucial in defending against serious respiratory illnesses.
With an increase in COVID-19 cases in the area, Dr. Anderson recommends that the most susceptible individuals receive a booster shot for COVID-19 when it becomes available. To further protect oneself, he also advises getting the flu shot early in the season.
Contrary to common concerns about getting the flu shot too soon, Dr. Anderson confirms that starting the vaccination process earlier is beneficial. Citing data from the southern hemisphere (Australia and South America) where they experienced an earlier flu season, he suggests getting vaccinated at the end of September or beginning of October.
To determine vaccine availability, Dr. Anderson advises community members to reach out to local pharmacies and their local health department. It is crucial to stay informed and proactive, especially for those at high risk of complications from these respiratory illnesses.
Vaccination is an essential tool in preventing the spread of diseases and protecting ourselves and our loved ones. By staying up to date on the recommended vaccines, we can contribute to the overall health and well-being of our community.
– COVID-19: A highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
– Flu: An infectious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.
– RSV: Respiratory Syncytial Virus, a common virus that can cause respiratory infections, especially in young children and older adults.
– Logan Health Family Physician Dr. Jonathan Anderson