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 the county and not know it, " says Hamilton.
So the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is recommending that you get both the seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 flu shot as soon as they become available.
Hamilton says the H1N1 vaccine is safe.
"What we’re being told by the Center for Disease Control is that this vaccine is basically the same sort of vaccine that we have for seasonal flu. The difference is it’s one type of flu vaccine in the injection as opposed to the seasonal flu that has three different strains of the vaccine in there, " says Hamilton.
Hamilton says once at-risk groups are taken care of, she anticipates there will be H1N1 immunization clinics open to anyone at the Health Department and Rambo Memorial Health Center.