Carmel Victor

ZMCHD: Flu season has officially arrived, there’s still time to get vaccinated

by Carmel Victor on December 20, 2016 at 3:11 pm

ZANESVILLE, Ohio- Flu season is officially upon us, leaving one person hospitalize for flu related illness in our county already.

Dr. Vicki Whitacre with Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department said it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

“It’s probably going to peak about January, early February,” Dr. Whitacre said. “It seems to be a one or two behind last’s year. We don’t have as many people immunized as we [would] like. It is starting to raise. The positive tests are back. They’ve probably more than doubled in the last month.”

Dr. Whitacre said it takes two weeks for the flu shot to be effective. She also stresses the importance of staying home if you are feeling ill.

“You really need to stay home for the full time that your having fever and feeling bad. So that you’re not getting it to your friends, neighbors, fellow workers, and particularly not exposing really young babies,” Dr. Whitacre said.

The health department is offering free flu shots. They ask for you to call and make an appointment and be sure to bring your insurance card. To make an appointment, call (740) 454-9741.