With the recent meningitis scare in Morgan County, a local doctor is reminding parents to make sure their kids are in good health.
Dr. Vicki Whitacre with the Zanesville-Muskingum Health Department said that while this form of Meningitis is rare, it's still important to take precaution. She said toddlers are especially susceptible to various illnesses since they tend to put their hands in their mouth a lot.
"Parents just need to encourage their children from an early age to...
A meningitis case at Ohio State University Newark is renewing the need to get vaccinated to fight the disease.
The disease is seen most often in those ages fifteen to twenty-four and in those living in close spaces like dorm rooms and army barracks. While symptoms of the disease are similar to the flu Dr. Vicki Whitacre said there is a sign that stands out.
"The headache is really severe and you really feel bad, " said Dr. Whitacre. "If you're feeling really bad...
The seasonal flu vaccine is administered mostly during the fall and winter months to help people battle the upcoming cold and flu season.
Rambo Memorial Health Center Executive Director, Crystal Bebout, says it's proven to work most of the time.
"For 86% of healthy adults, it is effective and for those who are immuno-compromised or have chronic medical conditions, it is less effective just because their bodies can't handle the antibodies or make the antibodies for the flu,...
Muskingum County's first doses of the H1N1 vaccine are being given out today.
Four hundred intranasal spray doses are being used to immunize the Tier 1 priority group.
"The Emergency Medical Services which includes the EMTs and paramedics and also we are including firefighters because they are also part of that Tier 1 group, that priority group," says Jeff Michaels, the preparedness coordinator for Public Health.
The next round of doses of the H1N1 vaccine will be making its way to Muskingum County this week.
Unfortunately, those doses will be given out to healthcare workers, firefighters and EMTs and physicians. Muskingum County Health Commissioner Corey Hamilton says based on the amount of doses ordered by the state, she is expecting a similar amount of vaccine to come in. She says it will probably be a combination of the injection and mist.
The first round of H1N1 vaccines has made it's way into Muskingum County.
Director of Nursing Gloria Kieffer says they have been waiting for this first round to come in, and they do expect more.
"We have received a very small amount of vaccine," said Kieffer. "We're having a meeting immediately to determine where that small amount of vaccine will go in order to hit the target populations. The first vaccine is designated for high risk patients."...
So far, Muskingum County does not have any confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, but Health Commissioner, Corey Hamilton, says several people have tested positive for Influenza A by a rapid test, and the H1N1 virus is a subtype of Influenza A.
Hamilton says the CDC recommends that further testing only be conducted if someone is hospitalized or there are a cluster of cases in one area.
"It is very possible that we could have both the seasonal flu or the H1N1 flu circulating in...