Throwback Thursday: 'The stoic' gets his swine flu shot, Oct. 6, 1976

By Kristy Bleizeffer Oct 23, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday is a series celebrating Wyoming Medical Center’s long and rich history in Natrona County.  Special thanks to the Casper College Western History Center which archives the vast Wyoming Medical Center collection of newspaper articles, photographs and other memorabilia.


Few people like getting stuck in the arm, but in October, Wyomingites should roll up their sleeves and take their flu shots like a man (or a woman, or a brave-faced child.) That's what this stoic-faced gentleman did at a Casper immunization clinic in October 1976.

Now is the time for Wyoming and Casper people to get their flu shots, according to Dr. Mark Dowell, infectious disease specialist at Wyoming Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Infectious Diseases. Our flu season typically begins later than other parts of the country, and waiting until October will provide you and yours the best protection, he said. Read more in "Why Wyoming should delay its flu shot (and other things you didn't know about the vaccine.)"

Much of the news is now focused on the Ebola virus, but it's important to offer a little perspective: While two Americans have contracted the disease on our soil, none have died. In contrast, about 30,000 Americans will die this year from influenza.

If you haven't yet gotten your flu shot, talk to your healthcare provider or stop by the public flu clinic offered by Casper-Natrona County Public Health. It is 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Casper Senior Center, 1831 E. Fourth St.

Come on, Wyoming: Practice your game face and roll up your sleeve. You'll only feel "a little pinch."