Immunizations

 

RiverStone Health Immunization Clinic

As many diseases are vaccine preventable, the RiverStone Health Immunization Clinic provides protection from disease through immunizations. Please remember to bring all immunization records with you to each visit.

 

Influenza Season

The yearly flu shot is the best available prevention and the best protection against influenza, an upper respiratory illness spread mainly through coughing, sneezing and close contact with an infected person. A person with influenza can spread it to others for up to 24 hours before having symptoms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone, six months and older get vaccinated every year.  There are very few exceptions to that recommendation.  Each year, the vaccine changes to protect against the strains that are expected to circulate.  Some vaccines will protect against three different strains while others protect against four different strains.  Seniors can get a high-dose vaccine, which may increase their protection.

Other prevention methods are:

  • Avoiding close contact with sick people.
  • Limiting contact with others if you are sick to avoid infecting them.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, the CDC recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throwing the tissue in the trash after using it.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand rub.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, to avoid spreading germs.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

 

If you do get the flu, you may need to see your healthcare provider. Influenza is a virus so antibiotics cannot help unless the flu has led to another illness caused by bacteria, such as pneumonia.  Antivirals may be prescribed in some circumstances, and they are most effective if given early in the course of illness.

Childhood Vaccines

Childhood immunizations are crucial to the health of your child, as well as the health of the community. Because they are so critical, Vaccines for Children, a federally-funded program, helps provide vaccinations to children who are not insured or underinsured.  With Vaccines for Children, there is no fee for the office visit, and no appointment is necessary. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends several childhood immunizations.

The state of Montana requires immunizations as a condition of daycare and school entry.

Adult Vaccines

Vaccines available for adults include: Hepatitis A and B, HPV (human papillomavirus), influenza, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), meningitis, pneumonia, polio, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), chickenpox, and shingles.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that healthy adults age 50 and older, get two doses of the new shingles vaccine called Shingrix to prevent shingles and complications from the disease. The two doses, which should be separated by 2 to 6 months, are more than 90 percent effective at preventing shingles.  In May of 2018, the manufacturer of Shingrix began experiencing vaccine shortages and shipment delays due to high demand for the vaccine. Please call the RiverStone Health Immunization Clinic at 406.247.3382 to check on availability.  Find out more about shingles and the vaccine from the CDC.

For more information on adult vaccine schedules, Click here.

Travel Vaccines

If you travel overseas, you can protect yourself against many serious illnesses by making sure you have the proper immunizations. Give yourself four to six weeks prior to your trip to complete all necessary vaccinations. Travel vaccinations are available by appointment only. Contact us at 406.247.3382 to schedule an appointment. People age 60 and older need a prescription from their doctor to receive Yellow Fever Vaccine.

RiverStone Health Immunization Clinic
123 South 27th Street
Billings, Montana 59101
Phone: 406.247.3382
Fax: 406.651.6460

Hours: Monday 1pm-4:30pm; Wednesday 11am-5:30pm; Friday 1pm-4:30pm