Nichole Hannahs

Residents Encouraged to Fight Flu

by Nichole Hannahs on January 10, 2014 at 6:45 am

The harsh temperatures kept a sought after shot from being delivered.

Earlier this week, Rambo Memorial Health anxiously awaited the arrival of more flu vaccines. The cold temperatures kept the vaccine from shipping. Now that temperatures have improved the shot is available again.

On Thursday, over 90 shots were given out. The Centers for Disease Control reported Ohio is seeing outbreaks in the northern part of the state, moving in our direction.

"It takes two weeks for the shot to become effective in your system," explained Executive Director of Rambo Memorial Health Crystal Bebout. "The flu, especially in the elderly and children can be deadly. People get hospitalized with that, they get dehydrated, they have sever coughing going into pneumonia and it’s really important to get the flu shot to prevent those symptoms."

Bebout said that this flu season is hitting earlier this year, which is why they started giving the flu vaccine in August. She encourages residents to get the vaccine as early as they can.

"You should really get it about October. It’s peak effectiveness is the first three months after you receive the vaccine. It’s not too late to get the flu shot though because once it becomes effective in your system it’s still the peak time is three months and it starts to wain slowly," said Bebout.

If you are still in need of a flu shot you can visit Rambo Memorial Health Monday through Friday 8-4:30p.m. The shot is $5.00 for Muskingum County residents and $15.00 for those out of county. Bebout said to make sure you bring your Medicare Card to avoid paying the $5.00 fee.