The flu has landed in Muskingum County...and there's a re-newed call to get the flu shot.
The Center for Disease Control is now declaring flu widespread in the state of Ohio. The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department still has the flu vaccine available free for in-county adults.
"The best way to protect yourself is to get the flu vaccination. it's still available so please arrange to get that done as soon as possible. you need about two weeks to build up immunity from the flu shot," said Health Department Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre.
Other ways to avoid getting sick are to practice good handwashing, avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands and stay home from work if you're sick. Dr. Whitacre says the recent hospitalizations are just the beginning of what's to come.
"i think its going to increase over the next couple of months. it's getting a little early start. it usually has about a two month window where it's bad and it's usually been after the holidays, this year it's hitting before the holidays," said Dr. Whitacre.
Flu shots are available at the Health Department Monday through Friday.