Nathaniel Shutt

MCHD encourages Flu Shots as Flu Season fast approaches

by Nathaniel Shutt on October 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm

ZANESVILLE, Ohio-  The cooler weather is a reminder to get your flu vaccine this year so that hopefully the only chill will be in the air.

The Muskingum County Health Department hosted their third flu shot clinic at the Muskingum Valley Health Clinic South in the Old Maysville Middle School Thursday. The flu shot is free to Muskingum county residents and the Health Department encourages anyone who hasn’t received the vaccine yet to take advantage of the upcoming clinics.

“If you haven’t had the opportunity to come to any of our clinics so far we will have two more. our next one will be next Tuesday on October 17th at Perry Township Fire Department on Bogs Road and that one will be from 2 pm to 6 pm and our final one for October will be at Falls Fire Department on October 24th from 2 pm to 6 pm. ” said Assistant Director of Nursing, Tiffany McFee.

McFee stresses the importance of obtaining the flu shot with flu season closer than one may think.

“We have seen two cases of the flu hospitalized already. So it is looking like it may be a little earlier than normal and the flu vaccine takes up to two weeks to become effective to build up those antibodies in your body so that you can fight against it. ”

McFee reminds anyone attending an upcoming flu clinic to bring their photo id and insurance card.