The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department will be sponsoring a flu shot clinic.
The clinic will take place at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds this Thursday, October 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until supplies run out. The flu vaccination will immunize you against four strands of the flu. Epidemiologist Kristen Baker said that the flu can lead to many complications.
"It can cause a lot of respiratory complications, it can lead to pneumonia, it can also cause death," Baker said. "So for people that are older or immune compromised it’s really important to get the flu vaccine because it’s the best way to prevent you from getting sick."
Participants are asked to bring their medical insurance card and a photo I.D. to the event. Residents of Muskingum County that do no have medical insurance will be covered. The health department is also encouraging participants to show up early to the clinic.
"Last year we had the same amount of vaccines as we do this year that’s available to the community," Baker said. "Last year we ran out around two o’clock, so we’re telling people that if they are depending on getting their flu vaccine at the clinic that it’s important that they show up early to ensure that they do get the vaccine."
So far this flu season there have not been reports of anyone being hospitalized by the flu.