Six Confirmed H1N1 Cases

by Audry Kensicki on December 1, 2009 at 8:17 am

There are now six confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu in Muskingum County.

Muskingum County Health Commissioner Corey Hamilton says there are probably more cases in the area, but testing is difficult.

"About ninety-nine-percent of the flu that is circulating right now is H1N1," said Hamilton. "To send things out for testing and pay the extra dollars, it just doesn’t seem necessary. There haven’t been any complications from this flu in our area at this point in time and we’re very happy about that."

Hamilton says children in the Muskingum County school system will get their chance soon to recieve the H1N1 vaccine.

"We’ve collected enough vaccine over the last couple weeks that we have enough that we’re going to be able to get started in the schools," she said. "Which is what our whole goal was, preferably before the kids go home for Christmas."

Hamilton says they will have enough vaccine for most districts.

During Christmas the health department will offer more H1N1 clinics open only to the priority groups. She says sometime in January the department will open it up to the general public.

Also around January or February the seasonal flu is expected to peak. Hamilton says there are very few, if any, seasonal flu shots available because of their high demand.