Why testing for lead helps kids…and how you can get free testing

Lead exposure can harm brain growth in young children, so it’s important for toddlers and preschoolers to be tested for lead if they have any of the risk factors. We’re offering free lead testing at many events this August, and we have a comic strip to explain why testing for lead benefits young children.

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New hepatitis A case in King County matches previous case

UPDATE (08/14/19): The second of two suspected cases of hepatitis A that we had been tracking has been confirmed by laboratory testing. The current number of King County cases linked to the Washington state outbreak among people living homeless or who use drugs is now four. Any further updates to case counts will be online […]

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Do you have documentation of measles immunity?

If you are exposed to measles, you will need evidence of immunity to measles to be able to attend childcare, school, and work. We want you to know what counts as evidence of measles immunity so you can get your documentation before you are ever exposed to measles.

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New Measles Case

NOTE: All exposure locations in King County, including those from previous cases in 2019, are updated at www.kingcounty.gov/measles/cases. CORRECTION (07/17/17): the correct time of exposure for July 8 at Seattle Children’s Hospital is 10:30 p.m. – 12:45 a.m. It was previously listed as 10:30 a.m.- 12: 30 p.m. We apologize for the error. Public Health […]

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A wake-up call that will help you sleep better

Even if you slept through this morning’s 4.6 earthquake (like me), consider it Mother Nature’s kick-in-the-pants to update your readiness for the Big One. Or as our friends at King County Office of Emergency put it: Today’s earthquake was a literal “wake up” call. It’s true that our region has the potential for a major earthquake (remember that […]

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New case of measles in King County

Public Health – Seattle & King County is investigating a new confirmed measles case with possible exposures at a Seattle emergency room department and a retail location in Kent

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