TB evaluation at Auburn Medical Center

An X-ray of the chest of a man with tuberculosis. The areas infected with TB bacteria are colored red. Science Photo Library/Corbis

An employee at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center who worked in their Family Birth Center was recently diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB) disease. The employee came into contact with patients and staff during a five-month period in 2019. Public Health – Seattle & King County is providing guidance to MultiCare as they identify and test exposed individuals. The […]

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Updates on Hepatitis A Outbreak

As we’ve reported previously on Public Health Insider, many urban areas in the United States have been grappling with hepatitis A outbreaks, especially among people living homeless and people who use drugs (injection and non-injection). Some states have seen hundreds or even thousands of cases, and a high proportion of these cases have resulted in […]

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Get FLU-ent in the facts about flu shots

Flu season is nearly here. To help you decide when, where, and how to get vaccinated, we compiled answers to some of the most common questions we see regarding flu vaccinations. Who should get a flu shot? Everyone over 6 months of age should receive a flu vaccine yearly, unless a doctor has advised otherwise. […]

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Unraveling the myth of MMR and autism

More than eight months into the nation’s largest measles outbreak in decades, there’s a lot of misinformation circulating about the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR). To help you figure out what’s fact and what’s fiction, we put together simple answers to some common questions about MMR. Download the complete, printable infographic here. For more […]

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Washington State’s New Immunization Law: How Does It Affect You?

Your back to school routine may look a little different this year. That’s because Washington State recently passed a law removing personal/philosophical exemptions for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. The law also requires employees and volunteers at licensed childcare centers to provide immunization records indicating they’ve received the MMR vaccine or have proof of […]

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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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