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

By Kristy Bleizeffer Oct 1, 2020

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.

This year, it’s more important than ever to get your flu shot. With COVID-19 infections on the rise in Natrona County, and expected to increase more this fall and winter, your body can use all the protection it can get.

While a flu vaccine won’t prevent you from catching the coronavirus, it may spare you from influenza – another respiratory disease that can make you very sick. Plus, if cases of COVID-19 do spike and tax medical resources, it’s better to have more people in the community vaccinated against the flu. Health systems do not want to fight two viral outbreaks at the same time.

Flu vaccines are available through all of our primary care providers beginning today. We also have scheduled drive-through clinics at each of our primary care clinics the first three Saturdays in October.

The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu shot, particularly people who are very young or very old or who may suffer from other chronic illnesses. Talk to your primary care doctor or pediatrician about the best type of vaccination for children under two. It’s important to get vaccinated because we shed the virus before we even know that we are sick. Pregnant women can and should get the flu shot. And they are also at higher risk if they get the flu because they can put their babies at risk.

The flu shot uses a dead virus so it cannot infect you with the flu. Symptoms you might experience afterward are caused by your immune response and only about 7 percent of people even get a fever from the shot.

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

Throwback Thursday looks back on Wyoming Medical Center’s long, rich history in Natrona County. Special thanks to the Casper College Western History Center, which archives our vast collection of newspaper articles, photographs and other memorabilia; and to "Wyoming Medical Center: A Centennial History," by Rebecca A. Hunt, Ph.D.