The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department is doing its part to help you beat the flu.
This Thursday, free flu shots will be available for Muskingum County residents at the fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until supplies are gone.
"We've got a form to fill out, that's on our website, you can go to www.zmchd.org and you can print it, fill it out online or you can print it and fill it out, and it will save time, because then you can just hand your registration to them,” said Epidemiologist, Kristen Baker. “We have to have a registration for every vaccine we give out."
Baker says after the bad flu season last year, a fourth strain of the flu virus was added to this vaccine to try to reduce the amount of people infected with the flu.
“What the vaccine does is, it goes into your system and it causes your immune system to build up antibodies, so when you are challenged with the real flu virus, your body already has that memory and it can create antibodies right off the bat and it will stop you from getting really sick."
Baker says it's hard to predict with any certainty how bad this flu season will be, but based on the increase of ER patients already, it could be a sign this year's could be as bad or worse than last year's flu season.