Stories tagged with: Vaccine

April 6, 2011 - 3:12pm
3 years 2 weeks ago

With the recent meningitis scare in Morgan County, a local doctor is reminding parents to make sure their kids are in good health.

Dr. Vicki Whitacre with the Zanesville-Muskingum Health Department said that while this form of Meningitis is rare, it's still important to take precaution. She said toddlers are especially susceptible to various illnesses since they tend to put their hands in their mouth a lot.

"Parents just need to encourage their children from an early age to...

March 23, 2011 - 11:46am
3 years 4 weeks ago

A meningitis case at Ohio State University Newark is renewing the need to get vaccinated to fight the disease.

The disease is seen most often in those ages fifteen to twenty-four and in those living in close spaces like dorm rooms and army barracks. While symptoms of the disease are similar to the flu Dr. Vicki Whitacre said there is a sign that stands out.

"The headache is really severe and you really feel bad, " said Dr. Whitacre. "If you're feeling really bad...

May 18, 2010 - 5:31pm
3 years 48 weeks ago

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,...

October 28, 2009 - 4:20pm
4 years 25 weeks ago

More H1N1 flu vaccines have made their way to Muskingum County, allowing for another immunization clinic.

The Zanesville Muskingum Health Department is combining leftovers from the last immunization clinic with new shipments, making the total about 1,000 doses of the mist.

"The main thing we're focusing on is that when we get that vaccine, we don't want to keep it in the refrigerator," said Preparedness Coordinator Jeff Michaels. "We want to move it out. As soon as...

October 21, 2009 - 11:29am
4 years 26 weeks ago

Muskingum County's first doses of the H1N1 vaccine are being given out today.
 

Four hundred intranasal spray doses are being used to immunize the Tier 1 priority group.

"The Emergency Medical Services which includes the EMTs and paramedics and also we are including firefighters because they are also part of that Tier 1 group, that priority group," says Jeff Michaels, the preparedness coordinator for Public Health.

Michaels says the spray is all...

October 20, 2009 - 3:56pm
4 years 26 weeks ago

The next round of doses of the H1N1 vaccine will be making its way to Muskingum County this week.

Unfortunately, those doses will be given out to healthcare workers, firefighters and EMTs and physicians. Muskingum County Health Commissioner Corey Hamilton says based on the amount of doses ordered by the state, she is expecting a similar amount of vaccine to come in. She says it will probably be a combination of the injection and mist.

"It's the mist that's the...

October 13, 2009 - 5:15pm
4 years 27 weeks ago

The first round of H1N1 vaccines has made it's way into Muskingum County.

Director of Nursing Gloria Kieffer says they have been waiting for this first round to come in, and they do expect more.

"We have received a very small amount of vaccine," said Kieffer. "We're having a meeting immediately to determine where that small amount of vaccine will go in order to hit the target populations. The first vaccine is designated for high risk patients."...

October 8, 2009 - 11:38am
4 years 28 weeks ago

The seasonal flu clinic continues at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds  and traffic is being called heavy.

So far more than 1,800 flu shots have been given as of 11  this morning.

Traffic continues to be heavier than last year at this time. The clinic will continue until 7 pm while supplies last.

Stay tuned to Whiz news for updates on the status of the seasonal flu vaccines.

There is no cost for Muskingum County residents.

There is a $15.00...

October 6, 2009 - 6:47pm
4 years 28 weeks ago

So far, Muskingum County does not have any confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, but Health Commissioner, Corey Hamilton, says several people have tested positive for Influenza A by a rapid test, and the H1N1 virus is a subtype of Influenza A.

Hamilton says the CDC recommends that further testing only be conducted if someone is hospitalized or there are a cluster of cases in one area.

"It is very possible that we could have both the seasonal flu or the H1N1 flu circulating in...

October 5, 2009 - 6:05pm
4 years 28 weeks ago

The first shipments of the H1N1 vaccine will soon arrive in Muskingum County, but it won't be in the form of an injection.

"We've actually been notified that we will see a very small shipment of H1N1 flu mist sometime next week, " says Health Commissioner, Corey Hamilton.

The shipment will include about 15 hundred doses of the nasal spray.

Hamilton says more regular shipments that include both the nasal spray and the injection will arrive toward the end of October...

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