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Jan 03

Wellness Tip #1- Flu Vaccination Time!

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 1:27 PM by Kaci Pinner

FLU VACCINE It is that time of year again, flu season. The short time it takes you to get the flu shot can help protect you and your loved ones from the flu.

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Montrose Drive-Thru FLU CLINIC

Coming soon, mark your calendars!


Where: Montrose Pavilion

When: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 from 4-8 pm

Who: Open to the community



I can’t make the flu clinic, where

can I get the flu vaccine?

Montrose County Health & Human Services: call 970-252-7079

City Market Pharmacy: Walk-in 970-249-2064

Wal-Mart Pharmacy: Walk-in 970-249-7544

Your primary care provider


Quick Facts about Immunizations:

Immunizations work to protect you and your child by putting a weakened, dead, or diluted portion of the disease in your system. This triggers an immune response: your antibodies detect the disease and fight it off quickly instead of working to fight off a stronger form of the same disease. Your antibodies will remember this disease and will be ready to fight off any possible future infections which often result in non-existent or very minimal symptoms of the illness.

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View this engaging video from Immunize for Good to learn how immunizations work to protect you from disease:
How Vaccines Work

2. Immunizations save approximately 2.5 million lives per year. –World Health Organization Immunizations not only prevent disease for the person who received the vaccine but they also protect others who were not eligible for certain vaccinations such as infants, pregnant women, or immunocompromised individuals. This is called 'herd immunity' or 'community immunity'.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) 2015 data, Montrose County averages a 70-80% coverage rate of individuals who receive vaccinations. However, according to Healthier Colorado, in order to receive the herd immunity protection against certain diseases such as measles, mumps, pertussis, polio, and chickenpox, our community average coverage rate should be between 86-95%.

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Encourage your friends and family to get vaccinated so our community and your family are protected!

3. Immunizations are Safe.
Vaccines are regulated by the FDA and undergo strict testing for purity and safety.

immunization 7Nearly all the risks associated with vaccines are outweighed by all the great benefits. Not all vaccines have the same risks associated with them. It is always important and necessary to discuss your child's health and safety concerns with a licensed health care professional. I always encourage individuals to be an advocate for their own health; however, there are often many false statements on the internet that are not backed by research. Again, I encourage you to discuss your questions with your primary care provider before you make a decision to not get your child vaccinated.

If you would like to educate yourself before you speak with your health care provider, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a trusted source of research based information. View the Common Vaccine Safety Concerns
to read about the commonly perceived risks associated with vaccines. The CDC addresses concerns such as onset of Autism, Febrile Seizures after child vaccinations, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and others.

4. Immunizations can save your Family Time and Money.

In 2012, there were $26.5 million in hospital charges for care related to vaccine-preventable diseases in Colorado children ages 0-19. (

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 A recent study from the CDC comprised of 282 children under the age of 5 in three U.S. cities determined the cost related to flu illness. The CDC states, “Parents had medical expenses ranging from under $300 to about $4,000 and missed between 11 and 73 hours of work, depending on whether their child was able to recover at home or was hospitalized.” Much of this cost and time lost can be prevented by receiving the flu shot every year.

5. All students attending any school in the state of Colorado are required to be vaccinated against certain vaccine-preventable diseases.
This includes all private or public schools K-12th grade and colleges or universities. View the K-12 Vaccine Requirements and the New College or University Student Living in Student Housing Requirements for a complete list of required and recommended vaccinations.

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 *You may opt your child out of vaccinations for personal beliefs, religious beliefs, or medical reasons but you must complete an exemption waiver and submit to your child's school or child care during the school enrollment/registration process (and submit to Colorado Immunization Branch- CDPHE if you would like your child to be added to the immunization registry).
*New rule as of July 1, 2016: A non-medical exemption form must be submitted annually

Did you know?? Schools and child care facilities are required, upon request, to provide parents the immunization and vaccine exemption rates for their location. This allows parents to make an informed decision about the safest schools and child care facilities for their child and to determine where they will likely be more protected against potentially deadly diseases such as Whooping Cough.

Find out more about your child’s Montrose County school exemption rate by accessing the database here:

Need to get the flu shot or another immunization?

Montrose County Health and Human Services is here to help!

  • We provide vaccines for both children and adults.
  • We are able to offer free vaccines (plus a small administration fee) to children whose families cannot afford them.
  • Adult vaccines include booster shots as well as travel shots for diseases that are uncommon in the U.S.
  • We are the only place that does travel vaccines within 60 miles.
  • We have meningitis vaccines for BOTH ACYW and B.
  • For 2016/2017 Flu Season, the CDC did not approve FluMist. No Flumist will be available this flu season. HHS has High-Dose, Pediatric, regular flu shots and intramuscular.
  • HHS carries quadrivalent flu shots which protects against 4 flu strains.
Our nurses are happy to discuss you and your child’s immunization needs and go over any concerns you may have.

*As of January 1st, 2017 there will no longer be walk-in hours. All vaccines will be done by appointment Monday-Friday. Call 252-7079 to schedule an appointment.

Visit the Montrose County Immunization Website to learn more about our Immunization services.

Health and Human Services
1845 S. Townsend Ave.
Montrose, CO 81401

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Receive a free, personalized  Schedule of Immunizations for your child.

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