As flu season continues to run rampant throughout the United States, measures to detect which strain you have may be getting easier.
Currently the "rapid test" is used by doctors to detect which strain of the flu patients have. It does not test specifically for H1N1, which is a sub-type of influenza a, but new tests are on their way to the market which will test for H1N1.
The current rapid tests do give quick results, but they're not always reliable.
Pregnant women in Muskingum County are still waiting for their H1N1 and seasonal flu shots.
Today's clinic at Rambo Memorial Health gave 150 H1N1 shots to pregnant women. Bebout says there are still 200 pregnant women on a list to get their seasonal flu shot and 40 women on the list to get their H1N1 shots. Bebout says she is hoping more vaccine will come in soon.
"I called Ohio Department of Health today and they basically told me that it would be...
There are three upcoming flu clinics to be held at the rambo Memorial Health Center in Zanesville in the coming weeks.
The first is a seasonal flu vaccine clinic for children ages 7 through 18 who do not have health insurance or are enrolled in Medicaid. That clinic will be held this Thursday, Nov. 5 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The second clinic is an H1N1 flu vaccine clinic for pregnant women. It will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.
Pregnant women in Muskingum County will have to wait a little bit longer before they can get vaccinated for the H1N1 virus.
Pregnant women can only receive the shot form of the vaccine because it contains a dead strain of the virus. Last Monday, Rambo Memorial Health held an H1N1 vaccination clinic for pregnant women, but they only had 200 doses available. The health department says they are hoping to receive more injectable vaccine soon.
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about buying any product over the Internet that claims to diagnose, treat or cure the H1N1 virus. The FDA says it purchased several products that posed as Tamiflu, one of the drugs used to treat H1N1, and found none of them to be the actual drug. The FDA warns that since the vaccine and drugs are in such high demand it makes it more vulnerable to counterfeiting. The FDA urges people to only buy medicine...
The Rambo Memorial Health Center is holding an H1N1 clinic for pregnant women. It is scheduled for Monday October 26th from 2:00 until 6:00 pm. The Ohio Department of Health says pregnant women are at the top of the priority list of people who should get the vaccine. Rambo has 200 doses available. You must pre-register by calling Rambo at 740 452-5401.
Health officials announced Thursday that two test results have come back positive for the H1N1 virus. They are the first confirmed cases of H1N1 in Muskingum County.
The first case is a 54-year-old man and the second is a 17-year-old boy. The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department says this just confirms what they were already expecting and that they are in daily contact with the Genesis HealthCare System to monitor the spread of the virus.