Although many people are urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the virus, Kristen Baker with the health department says that's often not the case. She says there are higher levels of flu being reported in adults in our area than in previous years.
"18 to 64 is our lowest age group as far as vaccinations about 31 percent of this population actually gets vaccinated compared to the U.S. overall. The total is about a 45 to 50...
Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Dr. Vicki Whitacre says area hospitals haven't seen any cases of the flu so far this season, but they have been seeing an increase of ER patients with symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing and sinus problems.
"Vomiting and diarrhea is gastrointestinal or stomach flu, that's not the same things as seasonal flu," explained Dr. Whitacre. "Seasonal flu is fever, aches, you feel terrible, you'll have a non-productive cough...
Flu season is approaching and getting your yearly flu shot is one way to stay healthy all winter long.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department recently purchased 2,000 flu vaccines with levy-money and they're having a free flu shot clinic for Muskingum County residents. The one-day flu clinic will be held at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds on October 10.
"We ask that if people have a severe latex allergy or a severe allergy to eggs or if in the past when...
There's some good news when it comes to this year's flu.
In Muskingum County they are seeing less cases of those suffering it's effects coming into the hospitals.
"It seemed to peak at the end of December and the first week or two of January," explained Southeast Regional Epidemiologist Kristen Baker. "It has gone down since then, so currently we're seeing maybe 5 influenza like illnesses showing up in the ER currently."
The peak of flu season is quickly approaching, but there's still time to protect yourself and others by getting vaccinated.
Dr. Vicki Whitacre of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department said more cases of the flu are reported in February than any other month, but as the weather gets colder, influenza activity is likely to increase.
"Up to this point, it's been what we call sporadic, which means there's just an occasional case of the flu," said Whitacre....
The seasonal flu vaccine is administered mostly during the fall and winter months to help people battle the upcoming cold and flu season.
Rambo Memorial Health Center Executive Director, Crystal Bebout, says it's proven to work most of the time.
"For 86% of healthy adults, it is effective and for those who are immuno-compromised or have chronic medical conditions, it is less effective just because their bodies can't handle the antibodies or make the antibodies for the flu,...
This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, just in time for the third projected wave of the H1N1 flu pandemic.
Dr. Vicki Whitacre of the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department says flu pandemics tend to have several waves.
"Usually when you have pandemics, which H1N1 is considered to be, you will have three waves," she said. "We've had two and we're expecting the third in a month or two. "The first one started in the late spring...
As flu season continues to run rampant throughout the United States, measures to detect which strain you have may be getting easier.
Currently the "rapid test" is used by doctors to detect which strain of the flu patients have. It does not test specifically for H1N1, which is a sub-type of influenza a, but new tests are on their way to the market which will test for H1N1.
The current rapid tests do give quick results, but they're not always reliable.
Pregnant women in Muskingum County are still waiting for their H1N1 and seasonal flu shots.
Today's clinic at Rambo Memorial Health gave 150 H1N1 shots to pregnant women. Bebout says there are still 200 pregnant women on a list to get their seasonal flu shot and 40 women on the list to get their H1N1 shots. Bebout says she is hoping more vaccine will come in soon.
"I called Ohio Department of Health today and they basically told me that it would be...
There are three upcoming flu clinics to be held at the rambo Memorial Health Center in Zanesville in the coming weeks.
The first is a seasonal flu vaccine clinic for children ages 7 through 18 who do not have health insurance or are enrolled in Medicaid. That clinic will be held this Thursday, Nov. 5 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The second clinic is an H1N1 flu vaccine clinic for pregnant women. It will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.