Why now is a good time for a flu shot

With the holidays drawing near, many of us look forward to travel or seeing family and friends. And just as our schedules get busier, it’s also the time of year when the flu starts to circulate. We turned to Libby Page, manager of our immunizations program, to get the scoop on flu vaccine . Why […]

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Rabid bat found on school grounds in Woodinville

A rabid bat was found on the playground of Bear Creek Elementary School in Woodinville on the morning of Monday, October 2. If you or your child had any recent contact with a bat at Bear Creek Elementary School, contact Public Health immediately at 206-296-4774 for information on preventative treatment. Contact includes touching a bat, […]

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Do it for your furry buddy: Emergency preparedness and pets

We get it. You’re busy, and getting ready for a disaster is not at the top of your priorities. But pet-owners, just take a look at those big trusting eyes of your furry (or scaly or feathered) friends and think about doing it for them. Recent disasters in the U.S. show that people will endanger […]

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Survivor Tales: Eye Over Houston

Several years ago, local comics artist David Lasky and I created this comic book about Michelle, a real-life survivor of Hurricane Ike that struck Texas in 2008. We offer it now as we’re collectively thinking of those affected by Hurricane Harvey as part of National Emergency Preparedness month. Even though we don’t have hurricanes here, […]

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Acts of nature are public health emergencies

The news from Hurricane Harvey has been heart wrenching. Among the memorable images that emerged was one of nursing home residents sitting in wheelchairs, waist-deep in flood water as they waited for help to arrive. As reported by the New York Times, among the thousands of posts to volunteer rescue groups were common pleas such […]

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Hey, what’s up with bats?

Three rabid bats have been found in public areas within King County since August 19 and an additional two rabid bats were found in 2017 that had no exposure to the public. I sat down with Vance Kawakami, DVM MPH, one of our public health veterinarians and an epidemiologist, to find out what is going […]

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