RiverStone Health  is confirming the first influenza case of the season in a Yellowstone County. It is an adult and luckily did not require hospitalization.  

This is the second case of influenza in Montana, the first was confirmed in Flathead County earlier in the week and health officials across the state are encouraging everyone to get this year’s flu shot.

“Historically, we begin seeing flu cases in December and this early confirmed case is a reminder not to delay getting a flu vaccine,” said John Felton, President and CEO of RiverStone Health and the Yellowstone County Health Officer.  “Australia is experiencing its worst flu season in several years and if that country’s experience is a predictor, we could be in for a severe flu season, so I am encouraging everyone to get vaccinated,” said Felton.