Early Flu Season

by Emily Baird on October 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm

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 their kids home when they’re sick, " says Hamilton.

Hamilton says it seems as though the flu season is hitting early this year.

"We don’t  typically see it until closer to the holidays, and our peak is typically in January and February, " says Hamilton.

Hamilton says the early flu season may be attributed to possible unconfirmed cases of the H1N1 virus in the county.

To help combat the flu season this year, the health department is recommending you get your H1N1 shot-when it becomes available- and your seasonal flu shot.

The Health Department will be holding an immunization clinic tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds.

Hamilton says it is expecting about 10 thousand people at the Fairgrounds to get their seasonal flu shot, and it will have several routes planned at the Fairgrounds to get people through as quickly as possible.