Stories tagged with: Health Department

April 27, 2011 - 5:48pm
5 years 12 weeks ago

It's National Infant Immunization Week and local officials want to raise awareness in the community.

Dr. Vicki Whitacre with the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department said it's extremely important infants and young children receive the required shots and also be assessed by their family's physician.

"It's very important for you to go for your shots to get that immunity so you don't lose a child from a preventable disease and also so their milestones of their...

January 10, 2011 - 6:58pm
5 years 28 weeks ago

Winter weather is at its peak and the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department says there is something you should look out for...

Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes. Director of Nursing Gloria Kieffer says you can try to avoid frostbite by paying attention to the early warning signs. The first signs of frostbite include redness or pain in any skin area. When seeing these signs, it is vital to get out of the cold and...

December 29, 2010 - 6:52pm
5 years 29 weeks ago

It may not be flu season just yet, but the Muskingum County Health Department says there is something you should look out for...

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus which is often referred to as the stomach flu.  Director of Nursing Gloria Kieffer says this virus can make people feel extremely ill and vomit or have diarrhea for up to three days.

"People need to be sure they don't get too dehydrated. Usually it doesn't last very long but it can be serious. So if...

August 2, 2010 - 5:59pm
5 years 51 weeks ago

The countdown is beginning to the start of school. With less than a month away for most districts, kids need to have their updated vaccinations, especially those heading into kindergarten and 7th grade.

The state recently required that kindergartners receive a second chicken pox shot and 7th graders receive an second DTAP shot...otherwise, they will not be allowed to advance to that grade.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is offering child immunization clinics....

June 27, 2010 - 7:12pm
6 years 4 weeks ago

Licking County wants to highlight the community and how its residents are choosing to be tobacco, alcohol, and drug free.

The health department cites that each day about 3,000 kids pick up and smoke their first cigarette. It will ultimately lead to 1/3 of those kids dying from tobacco-related illnesses, and Health Commissioner Joe Ebel says tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death.

The county is also hoping to promote a more healthy lifestyle onto residents. That'...

June 15, 2010 - 5:33pm
6 years 5 weeks ago

Lead Awareness Week lets people know that lead poisoning is a serious issue. That's why the EPA has taken steps to ensure that proper guidelines are in place for those handling lead-based-paint.

The EPA made new guidelines for those working around potentially hazardous lead-based-paint. The guidelines went into effect on April 22, and requires that any paid contractor who is working on a space of six-square-feet on a pre-1978 home, must be certified.


June 13, 2010 - 4:47pm
6 years 6 weeks ago

A combination of summer-like temperatures and recent heavy rainfall is perfect for attracting mosquitoes.

In fact, the Licking County Health Department is reporting a high number of these insects in certain sectors of the county. Health Commissioner Joe Ebel says this statistic has prompted his staff to spray in areas with standing water to keep the mosquitoes from breeding in large numbers.

During this time of the year, there are some steps you can take to make sure you and your...

June 7, 2010 - 5:58pm
6 years 6 weeks ago

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department won't have to rely on the Ohio Department of Health anymore when it comes to inspecting local homes for lead-based paint.

Sanitarian Anne Boyd added that job to her list back in January.

"It's a contract available to any county health department. It helps alleviate the state employees traveling as far. It also allows us to do the primary prevention piece. So, we have all the equipment, " says Boyd.

The risk for...

June 1, 2010 - 6:39pm
6 years 7 weeks ago

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is having some problems with its budget.

It's unbalanced, and there's a deficit of more than $300,000.

Health Commissioner Corey Hamilton says the health department was looking to correct this deficit before the mid-year point, which is coming up.

"We did cut pretty much anything that was non-essential close to the beginning of the year to try and do that early, hoping the economy would start to rebounds, grants would...

April 26, 2010 - 5:42pm
6 years 12 weeks ago

Thousands of children become sick every year from diseases that could have been prevented by getting recommended vaccinations.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department wants to spread the word during National Infant Immunization Week.

"They are especially vulnerable to diseases and viruses at a young age because once the maternal antibodies are not there, then they're even at more risk if they're exposed to the diseases, to actually come down with those, " says...

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