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Flu activity is on the rise in Ohio and the Ohio Department of Health is encouraging people to get vaccinated.
The Medical Director of the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department Dr. Vicki Whitacre says that flu cases are popping up in Northern Ohio and they are likely to spread to our area in the following weeks. People who have not received vaccinations still have time to get their flu shot.
"No it's not too late. The more people who get immunized the less it will be spread. It does take about two weeks to build up your immunity against the flu shot, but we aren't really expecting the peak of flu to hit us until the end of January, " said Whitacre.
Along with vaccinations people should isolate themselves if they feel they have any symptoms. Whitacre also says that using good hygiene can also slow down the spread of the highly contagious virus.
"Use good hand washing technique, good sneezing and coughing techniques, which is like into your elbow if you do happen to cough or sneeze in your hand go wash them," said Whitacre.
People are advised to receive a flu shot annually. There are various strains of the virus and they continue to change every year. For more information you can visit the Center for Disease Control for more information online at www.cdc.gov.