Stories tagged with: Vaccinations

June 30, 2014 - 4:51pm
3 weeks 3 days ago

It may only be the end of June, but the kids will be heading off to school before we know it.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department wants to remind parents about the immunization requirements in the state. They say it's important to be vaccinated not only for the child's health, but also for their ability to attend school.

"Ohio does require that children have certain shots before they can enter school," said Immunization Coordinator Jamie Heinzman....

March 27, 2014 - 5:02pm
17 weeks 11 hours ago

Nearly 80 confirmed cases of mumps have been reported in central Ohio and the CDC is urging people to get vaccinated. One local mother is telling parents to do their research before vaccinating their children.

Shannon Coconis is a mother of three children and also the president of the National Autism Association of Southeast Ohio. She says one of her children was diagnosed with autism and that some members of the autism community believe that vaccinations are just one of the triggers...

November 7, 2013 - 6:31pm
37 weeks 7 hours ago

Health officials are urging parents to continue to get their children vaccinated.

Public Health Nurse and Immunization Coordinator at the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department, Jamie Heinzman says that many diseases are now preventable through vaccinations that weren't available in the past.

"We have diseases that we have ways to treat them before kids are ever exposed to them," said Heinzman. Most of us can remember a lot of them including myself I had...

September 6, 2013 - 6:16pm
45 weeks 6 days ago

The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department wants adults to remember to get their vaccinations.

According to Epidemiologist Kristen Baker, children are usually immunized until they reach 18 years of age, but she says it's important to continue to receive immunizations throughout adulthood. Many of the vaccines wear off over time leaving people susceptible to disease.

"We might not get the diseases and they might not affect adults as much as they affect children, but we...

July 2, 2013 - 5:47pm
45 weeks 4 days ago

It may seem like summer vacation from school has just begun but it is time to be sure your child is up-to-date on all vaccinations.

Students have a very short time frame, of only fifteen days from the first day of school, to be immunized with required vaccinations before they are not allowed to come to school. Parents of children entering kindergarten or 7th grade need to be sure their child is protected.

"Kindergarten, typically what you are looking at is four different...

August 17, 2011 - 5:52pm
2 years 48 weeks ago

Kids getting ready for school need notebooks, pencils and folders, but they can't return to the classrooms without up-to-date immunization records.

Medical Director at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Dr. Vicki Whitacre said children entering kindergarten should visit the doctor before school starts to go over early childhood vaccinations.  She said older children aren't off the hook either.

"Older children, particularly those entering seventh...

September 1, 2010 - 4:31pm
3 years 46 weeks ago

Licking County is offering its first flu clinic of the season. It will be held Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the health department, which is located at 675 Price Road in Newark. A second flu clinic will be held next Wednesday, September 8th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that everyone, age six-months and older, receive a seasonal flu shot. Health officials say the vaccination contains the three most popular strains of flu that...

April 25, 2010 - 4:14pm
4 years 13 weeks ago

The Licking County Health Department wants to stress the importance of vaccinations during National Infant Immunization Week. Health Commissioner, Joe Ebel, says these shots are effective tools in the fight against spreading diseases and preventing death.

Babies are required to receive 14 vaccinations before they turn two. To find out if your child has all his or her shots up-to-date, you can contact 740-349-6535.

The Licking County Health Department does offer some immunization...

April 21, 2010 - 5:55pm
4 years 13 weeks ago

Parents who have children entering kindergarten or the 7th grade need to be aware of some new vaccination requirements.

Kindergartners need a second chicken pox vaccine while students going into 7th grade need a second DTAP shot.

"By the time they reach junior high age, their immunity becomes weaker for pertussis. So, this is the time that they're vulnerable, and it's an important time to produce their immunity, " says Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department...

March 22, 2010 - 5:32pm
4 years 17 weeks ago

The Ohio Department of Health is instituting two new laws that will go into effect during the next academic school year, and it's something parents need to be aware of.

Before entering the seventh grade, students need to have a DTAP booster, which is for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Zanesville school nurse Beverly Guinsler says one of the main reasons for this change stems from the pertussis outbreak in Muskingum County last year.

There's also a change with students...

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