This is Missoula City and County's official 2009 H1N1 Influenza (formerly known as swine flu or pandemic influenza) website. Local advisories and recommendations will be posted here, as well as links to the best national information.
These pages are updated frequently with the most current information.
H1N1 Influenza activity in Missoula County and the state of Montana has dropped off to almost none. However, people are still encouraged to be vaccinated, and parents are reminded to get their children's booster shot, as there is a chance that H1N1 may return in the fall.
Montana weekly H1N1 influenza activity
- State-wide information
Missoula weekly H1N1 influenza activity - County-wide information
- Information for specific groups:
The Influenza Information Hotline has been de-activated. If you have any questions please call your health care provider, Partnership Health Center (258-4789), or the Health Dept Out Patient Clinic (258-4745).
2009 H1N1 influenza is a respiratory disease caused by a strain of type A influenza that first appeared in the spring of 2009. It is causing additional illnesses to the customary seasonal influenza strains that will also be present in the fall and winter.
CDC - H1N1 Influenza
- the best and most rapidly updated source for information on
H1N1. Topics include:
- What to do if you are sick
- Travel notices
- School considerations
Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. The virus is not spread by handling or eating food.
To keep from getting the flu:
- Wash your hands often throughout the day.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth,
especially after touching surfaces that could be contaminated.
- Try to stay in good general health:
- Get plenty of sleep
- Be physically active
- Manage your stress
- Eat nutritious food
Cough-safe strategy - "Why Don't We Do It In Our Sleeves?" (This is a humorous but to-the-point, short video.)
Information for Emergency Responders - from the Minnesota State Health Dept.
Please reduce your visits to hospitals, especially with children. Hospitals have patients who are particularly vulnerable to influenza-like-illnesses. People in the early stages of influenza can unknowingly spread the virus even though they may not have any symptoms.