Rise in Influenza cases across Montana

MISSOULA- Health officials say the amount of confirmed flu cases is on the rise, with over 200 cases reported in Missoula County alone, and nearly 500 new cases reported across the state last week.

“When you have more people interacting together, you have more illness out in the community; people are going to get sick. So I think it’s just that natural bell curve to the flu season that we see and we are just approaching the peak.”

With nearly 1,500 cases, 75 hospitalizations, and 2 deaths in Montana, this year’s flu season is in full swing.

Still, health officials say this year’s numbers are actually lower than in years past. Officials say this year’s flu vaccine is working better than in previous season, and if you are worried about getting sick, you still have time to get the flu shot