Stories tagged with: Flu Season

August 27, 2015 - 3:55pm
13 weeks 4 days ago

This year the fair brought games, fun and entertainment, with just one downfall.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health department has seen a spike in viral-related illness since fair week, but Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre said it's not uncommon to see.

"We've noticed since the fair's been over with, or the third week of August there's been an increase in adults with cough, cold and congestion problems," Whitacre said. "When you're in crowds, people have...

April 9, 2015 - 3:43pm
33 weeks 4 days ago

Flu season has barely ended, and the Rambo Health Center is already looking at plans for the next one.

Executive Director, Crystal Bebout, said Rambo can operate with a small staff for most of the year. But that changes when flu season comes around. During a meeting with the Muskingum County Commissioners Wednesday, Rambo officials discussed the best way to go about hiring extra nurses during the busy flu season.

"They want us to do a cost comparison to see all three...

November 4, 2014 - 4:30pm
1 year 3 weeks ago

It looks like it could be a rough flu season. Some hospitals in Ohio say they're already seeing serious and sometime life threatening cases of the virus.

So far, there haven't been any cases in Muskingum County. Dr. Vicki Whitacre at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department said it could be coming soon.

"There's more people presenting to our emergency room here locally with flu like symptoms," said Whitacre. "They might have been tested, nor have we have...

January 9, 2013 - 6:19pm
2 years 46 weeks ago

With this winter's flu season being the worst the country has seen in years, Genesis Healthcare doctors are seeing up to 300 patients in their Emergency Rooms.

However, recently there has been a slight dip in the number of positive flu tests and admissions into the hospital but that will likely change.

Infection Control's Carla Reed said, "we really feel like this is just the ebbing of the first wave and we are going to see more. Anytime you see flu this early in the season...

January 3, 2013 - 12:39pm
2 years 47 weeks ago

Experts said this flu season could end up being as bad as the H1N1 outbreak in 2009.

In Muskingum County they've seen a peak in people being admitted to the hospital with complications from the flu. Since November 28, 31 patients have been admitted. Last year there wasn't even six or seven.

"If you're developing a productive cough, persistent fever or getting short of breath, can't eat or drink, then you're going to need to be seen by your doctor," said Dr. Vicki...

December 19, 2012 - 5:11pm
2 years 49 weeks ago

With the flu on the increase in Muskingum County, Genesis Hospital has decided to change it's rules on visitation.

Effective immediately the hospital will limit patient visitation at both of it's locations. Those permitted into the hospital are individuals 18 and older, immediate family and a limit of two visitors per patient. Only parents, grandparents and guardians may visit infants in the nursery. The hospital also states that all visitors must be free of flu symptoms.


December 5, 2012 - 5:11pm
2 years 51 weeks ago

An early spike in flu cases around Ohio has healthcare officials stressing the importance of protection against the virus.

This week is not only National Handwashing Awareness Week it's also National Flu Vaccine Week. Which acts a perfect time to remind residents how good hygiene can prevent the spread of the flu virus. Health officials say it could be a rough flu season.

"They are seeing a higher number of cases this year sooner than they have in years past, according to...

November 30, 2012 - 5:09pm
3 years 16 hours ago

Flu cases are on the rise in Ohio but the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department says it shouldn't be considered a concern but a reminder.

Health providers in Licking County reported a total of 66 cases of the flu during the week of November 19th. While those numbers may seem alarming, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department says during this time of year the numbers will always be higher.

"People are starting to increase checking with their doctor but it's...

October 1, 2012 - 3:57pm
3 years 8 weeks ago

It is now the official start of flu season and heath officials are urging everyone to get their flu shot.

Children over six months, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems, like cancer patients and the elderly are the most susceptible to the influenza virus.

Doctor Vicki Whitacre of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department said last year's flu shot will not protect you from the new strains of flu circulating this season.

"Flu shots only last...

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