Sketches from Outside the Margins: Stories from the Seattle/King County Clinic

This past October, I was part of a team of cartoonists who joined the volunteer force at the 2017 Seattle/King County Clinic to share the stories of the patients who seek the free medical, dental, and vision care at this giant pop-up clinic. We talked to patients as they waited–endlessly waited–for care to learn what […]

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Dreaming of a white Christmas? Then you better get ready.

The forecast says that there’s a possibility–just a possibility, mind you–of snow on Christmas Eve and flurries on Christmas Day. And while that does sound delightful in a Bing Crosby-kind-of-way, snow can catch us off guard, especially if we have health needs. Snow, road closures, and your health When snow closes roads, it’s hard for […]

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Does Australia’s flu vaccine effectiveness translate here?

How well each season’s flu vaccine works to prevent illness varies from season to season, depending on the match between the flu viruses the vaccine is designed to protect against and the flu viruses that are circulating when the flu season arrives. Recent news coverage about a study done in Australia related to the effectiveness […]

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Thankful for the Public Health Reserve Corps volunteers!

In this season of gratitude, we’re recognizing our wonderful Public Health Reserve Corps! PHRC volunteers, nearly 1000 strong,  provide healthcare services every week at food banks, homeless shelters, and drop-in centers and they stand ready to support our department in the event of a disaster or emergency. Over 350 PHRC members volunteered alongside current and […]

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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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