BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Gallatin City-County Health Officials confirm 79 new cases of influenza for the week of December 22. They say that's a little higher than normal but certainly not an epidemic.

Officials tell us all of those cases are type A flu, but 78 percent of them have the H1N1 subtype.

They say the figures are higher than they've seen in the last couple of years and more similar to the 2009 season.

Health care professionals at one assisted living facility tells us they keep their residents safe by facilitating flu shot clinics, encouraging them to go to their doctor and ensuring staff gets their vaccine.

"My philosophy is that if you're working in a health care setting and you're refusing your flu shot, you need to be prepared, if you get sick, you could be out of work for as much as seven days," says Bozeman Lodge Nurse Consultant Beth Mayer.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department has seen a total of 186 cases this season. Workers say it's not too late to get your flu shot and tell us that's the best way to protect yourself and those around you.