Stories tagged with: Flu

February 24, 2016 - 4:56pm
21 weeks 3 days ago

Muskingum County continues to see a decrease in reports of the flu and flu like symptoms.

In January, there were only 2 cases of the flu and just 1 case so far in February. There is also a decline in purchases of over-the -counter medicines and thermometers.

"Some of the theories is to why there is not as much flu activity is that we've have the H1N1 flu virus around for quite a number of years. And probably people have developed immunity to it. The match with the vaccine...

January 27, 2016 - 5:15pm
25 weeks 2 days ago

Although flu season is here, the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department said there haven't been many reported cases so far.

Medical Director Dr. Vicki Whitacre said in November 3 people were admitted in the hospital for the flu, in December only 2, and only 1 for this month.

"I don't think we know exactly why. We're hoping it's because we have a pretty good immunization rate and a very good match with the vaccine. But who knows maybe it will be terrible next year....

February 25, 2015 - 7:23pm
1 year 21 weeks ago

Flu related illnesses may be on the decline here in Ohio, but that doesn't mean you've escaped all winter sickness.

Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre, says the cold weather can affect your immune system making you more susceptible to illness. Right now there are two illnesses that many are struggling with.

"There's two things going around. There's the cold, the common cold that hangs around for a week maybe ten days and by...

February 13, 2015 - 1:34pm
1 year 23 weeks ago
Flu-related hospitalizations dropped slightly last week across Ohio with state officials saying the flu season appears to be tapering. New case numbers released Friday show 212 flu-related hospitalizations the first week of February. Several dozen deaths has been recorded, including at least five children and more than 30 adults in Cuyahoga County.
January 23, 2015 - 5:44pm
1 year 26 weeks ago

Hospitalizations for the flu may be on a decline in Muskingum County, but that doesn't necessarily mean flu season is coming to an end.

The average flu season lasts from October to April. According to Epidemiologist, Kristen Baker, we may be seeing a decrease in flu related hospitalizations right now, but that doesn't mean it won't peak again.

"The CDC does say that we do have a peak, and then it'll decrease, and then sometimes we do have another strain come in and there's...

December 30, 2014 - 6:42pm
1 year 29 weeks ago

If you have the flu and need to go to the hospital, you better be ready to wait.

Since last Friday, over 1,400 people have been treated for the flu or influenza-like-illnesses at the Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital emergency department or both of their urgent care units. Director of Emergency and Trauma Services, David Davis, says they're happy to treat every sick patient, but to please understand that since the flu has been hitting in such high volumes they've been extremely busy....

December 23, 2014 - 6:18pm
1 year 30 weeks ago

The Ohio Department of Health says the flu and influenza-like-illnesses are currently above baseline averages for the entire state.

Flu season can begin as early as October and can go as late as May, with flu activity usually peaking in January and February. It's still early in the season, and so far, there have been two deaths reported in the state of Ohio. The Director of Emergency and Trauma Services at Good Samaritan Hosptial, David Davis, says there are two first care units in...

December 19, 2014 - 5:34pm
1 year 31 weeks ago

The Ohio Department of Health reports a 16-year-old boy from Licking County has died from the influenza virus.

This is the second confirmed pediatric death in the state this month.

Since last week, there have been 529 new confirmed influenza associated hospitalizations in Ohio. That brings the total to 985 since flu season began in October.

Ohio Department of Health Officials say getting the flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to prevent the flu.


December 5, 2014 - 6:47pm
1 year 33 weeks ago

Many of you may have already had your flu shot, and while this lowers your chances of getting certain strains of the flu one mutated strain could still cause you problems this season.

Public Health Nurse Jamie Heinzman with the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department informed us that the influenza strain A- H3N2 has drifted.

"So what they're finding out now, is that one of the A strains the H3N2 has drifted, so it has had some genetic changes in it that's not...

January 17, 2014 - 7:04pm
2 years 26 weeks ago

Flu activity is in on the rise in Ohio.

Although many people are urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the virus, Kristen Baker with the health department says that's often not the case. She says there are higher levels of flu being reported in adults in our area than in previous years.

"18 to 64 is our lowest age group as far as vaccinations about 31 percent of this population actually gets vaccinated compared to the U.S. overall. The total is about a 45 to 50...

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