The Knox County Health Department reports confirmed cases of influenza have increased in Knox County during the past month with 10 hospitalizations since the beginning of the year. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reports that flu activity is widespread throughout Ohio.
Health department officials say it is not too late to get a flu shot. The health department still has flu vaccine as do most local retail pharmacies and doctor’s offices. There are no flu vaccine shortages across Ohio at this time. To schedule a flu shot at the health department, call 740-399-8008.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months of age and older get a flu shot as it is the best protection against seasonable flu viruses. It takes about two weeks for a flu shot to take full effect.