Stories tagged with: Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department

October 8, 2015 - 5:08pm
41 weeks 3 days ago

Aside from providing vaccine to protect residents from the flu, there's another reason the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department sponsors the Flu Shot Drive-thru and Clinic.

Nursing Program Manager, Kim Foster, said it's a great opportunity for the department to partner together with other agencies to practice emergency preparedness. By offering a flu shot clinic, the department is able to test its ability to immunize a large number of people in the event of an actual public...

October 8, 2015 - 4:52pm
41 weeks 3 days ago

Around 2,000 Muskingum County residents are now better protected from the flu virus.

Local healthcare providers and other sponsors came together to make it easier and faster for you to get your vaccination. The Health Department administered around 2,000 flu shots, for free, to Muskingum County residents who didn't even have to leave their vehicles.

Although there are other preventative measures to protect yourself from the flu, Public Health Nurse, Jamie Heinzman, said the...

October 7, 2015 - 3:50pm
41 weeks 3 days ago

As flu season approaches, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is doing its part to help prevent the spread.

The department's annual flu shot clinic and drive-thru is Thursday at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds. This year, the department is providing more than 2,000 flu shots for those seeking vaccination for the virus. Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre, said this year's vaccine protects against four different strains of the flu.

"Don't forget to bring your...

September 25, 2015 - 2:24pm
43 weeks 1 day ago

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the drug take back drop off at Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department.

Northside Pharmacy, Genesis Hospital, the Muskingum Behavioral Health and even a local recycling plant are all collaborating so locals can quickly and anonymously drop off prescription drugs not being used, in hopes to prevent them from falling in the wrong hands. A plus side: you don't even have to get out of your car.

"Of course here in Muskingum County we're...

September 17, 2015 - 4:28pm
44 weeks 2 days ago

A prescription drug drop off will be taking place Saturday September 26th.

The drop off will take place in the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department parking lot. If you have anything from prescription and over the counter medicines to needles and injectables you can properly dispose of them anonymously. Illegal substances are not accepted.

"Everything is totally anonymous. Some people take the label off before they get there. Some people just pour everything into a...

August 10, 2015 - 5:05pm
49 weeks 6 days ago

So far in 2015, there have been six drug overdose deaths in Muskingum County.  

Now, for the second time since June, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health department and Muskingum Behavioral Health will teach up to a dozen people how to use a nasal spray to counter a drug overdose.  However, Steve Carrel, executive director of Muskingum Behavioral Health, said Naloxone shouldn't be a replacement for calling 911 in the event of an overdose. 

"If you have a...

August 6, 2015 - 5:35pm
50 weeks 3 days ago

Back to school is right around the corner, meaning it's time for child immunizations.

Ohio state law requires children to be up-to-date on vaccinations to help prevent infectious diseases and reduce spread. Registered Public Health Nurse, Jamie Heinzman, said the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department will be running back to school clinic hours mid-August through early September.

"It's important to have those up-to-date, because in school they're sharing a lot of...

June 11, 2015 - 5:09pm
1 year 6 weeks ago

Already this year, there have been two drug overdose deaths in Muskingum County. 

In 2013 there were ten across the county and 2,110 in the state of Ohio. Now, on June 18, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department and Muskingum Behavioral Health are offering Project D.A.W.N. to lower these numbers.

D.A.W.N. stands for Deaths Avoided With Naloxone. Dr. Vicki Whitacre said participants will learn how to administer Naloxone, which is a drug that will counter the affects...

May 11, 2015 - 5:11pm
1 year 10 weeks ago

Maysville Elementary and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department are taking students beyond the classroom to celebrate Right to Read Week. 

All week, students at Maysville Elementary are learning about leading a healthy life. To start the week, students got to pot a tomato plant to grow over the summer.

Workers with the Health Department assisted the students in learning about caring for the plants. One of the workers, Health Educator Kris Bell explained how the...

April 28, 2015 - 5:12pm
1 year 12 weeks ago

Four years ago, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department started the breastfeeding cafe and now, that cafe is expanding. 

A small group of moms meet in the morning on the third Wednesday of each month to share experiences of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding coordinator, Lisa Davidson, said many moms wanted to come, but it didn't fit their schedule, so beginning on May 6, the health department is starting a monthly, evening cafe. 

"It started about four years...

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