Muskingum County Flu Update

by Erika Brooks on January 18, 2013 at 6:23 am

The flu is still a big problem in Muskingum County, but officials says the numbers are starting to decrease.

There were 24 confirmed influenza associated hospitalizations in the southeast region of Ohio this past week, with only three being in Muskingum County. Although the numbers have dropped, it doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet.

"We still are encouraging everybody to get their flu shot you can still get some benefit from it. Flu season is probably going to go on for at least two more months, it’s better to use it than to let it go to waste and we would really like to get everybody immunized," said Health Department Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre.

The end of flu season usually hits around March but with cold weather coming next week, expect to see it get worse before it gets better.

"I don’t think it’s going to go away right away and I think as long as we have really cold weather there will still be having problems with the flu."

To stay healthy throughout the remainder of the flu season, health officials are urging residents to use precautions such as hand washing, cover your cough, stay home if sick and get vaccinated if you have not already done so.