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Flu Shots Available for Just $10

With the flu season officially underway, we wanted to remind you that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine. As long as the flu is circulating and causing illness, which will continue through March, getting a flu shot can still be extremely beneficial.

Despite numerous reports indicating the importance of the flu vaccination, many of our residents remain unvaccinated. It is vitally important that every resident take preventative measures and is vaccinated against influenza.

Getting vaccinated is not just about you. It’s about the hundreds of people you come in contact with on a regular basis as well. The more protected you are against the flu, the more protected the public will be as well. While everyone should get a flu shot, certain people are especially encouraged:

  • Anyone suffering from chronic lung or heart disease
  • Children under 5 and those between the ages of 6 months and 2 years old
  • Healthcare workers
  • Household contacts and caregivers of children under the age of 6 months, including breastfeeding women
  • People who live in extended-care facilities or nursing homes
  • Pregnant women or those who may become pregnant during flu season

Many reports have indicated that the flu shot this year has been ineffective. That’s simply not true. The vaccination this season appears to have been well-matched for two of the three flu strains in circulation, but was not a good match to the third strain. However, the flu vaccine will continue to serve as the best, first-line of defense for Idahoans. By getting a simple flu shot, you will have some level of cross-protection from various strains which will help to reduce the severity and duration of most flu infections.

For those who have yet to receive a flu vaccine this season—especially children and the elderly—it is not too late. The vaccine only takes up to 2 weeks to achieve full effectiveness, and, with the flu season continuing through March, there’s still time to protect yourself and the ones you love.

Flu shots will be available for $10.00 at any of Bingham Memorial’s physician offices. Our 1st Choice Urgent Care in Blackfoot will be giving out flu shots on Thursday, January 15th and Friday, January 16th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information and other locations, please call 785-4100.

Locations:

Blackfoot

Cedar Creek Family Medicine

Brian Carrigan Family Practice

Toro Family Medicine

1st Choice Urgent Care

Pocatello

Bingham Memorial Family Medicine

Brady Martin, DO

Jared Kam, MD

Shelley

Todd Blackner, MD