Flu Cases on the Rise

by Erika Brooks on November 30, 2012 at 6:38 am

Flu cases are on the rise in Ohio but the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department says it shouldn’t be considered a concern but a reminder.

Health providers in Licking County reported a total of 66 cases of the flu during the week of November 19th. While those numbers may seem alarming, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department says during this time of year the numbers will always be higher.

"People are starting to increase checking with their doctor but it’s not to the point of alarm or anything yet it’s just very timely to have those reminders, wash your hands, cough into your elbow, and just that good personal hygiene," said Carol Howdyshell,
Director Of Nursing Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department

According to the Health Department the best way to avoid getting and spreading the flu virus is to get the vaccine.

"The flu is a respiratory disease and that’s why we really promote the shot, the vaccination to prevent it," said Howdyshell.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department has extra flu vaccines left over from a flu clinic earlier this year and anyone 18 or older in Muskingum County can still get the vaccine.