Stories tagged with: Flu

February 25, 2015 - 7:23pm
18 weeks 2 days 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
20 weeks 23 hours 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
23 weeks 18 hours 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
26 weeks 3 days 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
27 weeks 3 days 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
28 weeks 20 hours 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
30 weeks 16 hours 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
1 year 23 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...

November 13, 2013 - 5:53pm
1 year 33 weeks ago

Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Dr. Vicki Whitacre says area hospitals haven't seen any cases of the flu so far this season, but they have been seeing an increase of ER patients with symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing and sinus problems.

"Vomiting and diarrhea is gastrointestinal or stomach flu, that's not the same things as seasonal flu," explained Dr. Whitacre. "Seasonal flu is fever, aches, you feel terrible, you'll have a non-productive cough...

September 23, 2013 - 2:56pm
1 year 40 weeks ago

Flu season is approaching and getting your yearly flu shot is one way to stay healthy all winter long.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department recently purchased 2,000 flu vaccines with levy-money and they're having a free flu shot clinic for Muskingum County residents. The one-day flu clinic will  be held at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds on October 10.

"We ask that if people have a severe latex allergy or a severe allergy to eggs or if in the past when...

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