This year's flu season is arriving early here in Zanesville and the rest of Ohio.
Patient advocate for Rambo Memorial Health Center Corrie Stone says you can get your flu shot for free at the center. And even more good news, scientists believe this year's vaccine is dead on.
"We do feel that this year's strain of the flu vaccine is where it's supposed to be at. It seems to be preventing everyone and it does contain the H1N1 this year which was a big issue for people last...
The H1N1 virus will be included in the 2010/2011 seasonal flu vaccine.
Rambo Memorial Health Center already placed its order for next year's vaccine back in November. It includes three strains of flu that the health community feels will impact the public most next flu season.
"So this year, you only have one vaccine versus two. The other one is perth and brisbane. Those are the three different types, " says Executive Director, Crystal Bebout.
There aren't as many H1N1 cases surfacing in the US, but health organizations say there's still the chance that a third wave of the virus could develop this spring.
"The World Health Organization is declining to reduce the pandemic level because it's not winter yet in the southern hemisphere. So, I think they're waiting to see what will happen when winter strikes in the south, " says Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Health Commissioner, Corey Hamilton.
The Muskingum County Health Department is warning residents that a third wave of H1N1 is likely.
The health department is going into schools and businesses to vaccinate students, but with the closure of schools Friday, the health department held a free H1N1 clinic at the Colony Square Mall. Public Information Officer, Jennifer Hiestand says the county has enough vaccine for all residents, it is just a matter of getting out into the public. Pat Chambers got...
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...
The wintry weather couldn't keep students and their families within the Franklin Local School District from getting their H1N1 shots.
The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department sponsored the school H1N1 vaccination clinic.
"We've been very pleased with how quickly move along," said Gloria Kieffer of the health department. "Today for a while people had to wait for about 10 minutes, but overall it's been well organized and very little waiting....
Everyone in Ohio may soon be able to get an H1N1 vaccine.
As of December 14th the Ohio Department of Health says they'll lift restrictions and open the H1N1 vaccine to all Ohioans.
For the next week they will still focus exclusively on the high risk groups of health care workers, pregnant women, caretakers of children under six months, six month to 24-year-olds, and people with chronic medical conditions.
As of the 14th those people will still be eligible, as...
There are now six confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu in Muskingum County.
Muskingum County Health Commissioner Corey Hamilton says there are probably more cases in the area, but testing is difficult.
"About ninety-nine-percent of the flu that is circulating right now is H1N1," said Hamilton. "To send things out for testing and pay the extra dollars, it just doesn't seem necessary. There haven't been any complications from this flu in our area...