The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is giving around $15 billion over ten years to public health programs.
Twenty percent of the Community Transformation Grants are targeted for rural and frontier areas. The Zanesville- Muskingum County Health Department's Dr. Vicki Whitacre says they will not be making any changes immediately, but are looking toward the future.
"We are looking forward to an emphasis on prevention of illness, particularly chronic...
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...
Health experts are saying food allergies in children is on the rise.
Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Dr. Vicki Whitacre says that number is up 18 percent and is continuing to rise.
"Peanuts is the one that's known the best, but actually, milk is at the top of the list. Other kinds of tree nuts-besides peanuts-and soy proteins. Some children have trouble with wheat or gluten products, corn, strawberries, and red foods, " says Whitacre.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is finished with its first public H1N1 vaccination clinic, administering about 300 doses of the mist to childcare providers and pre-school children between the ages of two and five.
Health Commissioner, Corey Hamilton, says people were lining up outside the 7th Street building a few hours before the clinic opened, forcing the Health Department to start the clinic early.
"We did start giving shots just after 2 o'clock and for...
Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Health Commissioner, Corey Hamilton, says the Zanesville City School District isn't the only district seeing peaks in absences.
She says it's been a problem all across the county.
"From what we're hearing from parents, it sounds like kids are having some sort of a virus-possibly the flu. We can't confirm that that's H1N1, but we suspect that there's something circulating in the county, and we're glad that parents are keeping...
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...