A City Mourns and Moves On: Part 3 of “Pandemic in Seattle”

What happened when a second wave of severe influenza came through Seattle on the heels of a war victory? We present the third installment of a 4-part comic strip commemorating the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Stay tuned in to the Public Health Insider to see the final chapter! This comic strip series, illustrated by David […]

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Seattle Faces a Pandemic: Part 2 of “Pandemic in Seattle”

We present the second installment of a 4-part comic strip commemorating the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Stay tuned in to the Public Health Insider to see a new chapter each week this month! This comic strip series, illustrated by David Lasky and written by Meredith Li-Vollmer, commemorates the centennial of the Great Pandemic of […]

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Shots aren’t super-FLU-ous, they keep our community healthy!

We can no longer deny the signs, the sun is setting earlier, and kids are back in school, summer is coming to an end. Now is the perfect time, before bugs start spreading in your kids’ class and sneezes begin echoing through your office, to get your recommended yearly flu shots. To help you decide […]

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Seattle a Century Ago: Pandemic in Seattle, Part 1

One hundred years ago this fall a terrible influenza outbreak arrived in King County and Washington state, part of a pandemic that had spread around the globe. Just ten years ago, artist David Lasky and I created our first comic book together, No Ordinary Flu, that told what happened in the United States during the […]

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Flu Update: Just how bad has it been in King County?

Copious media coverage has described the unusually widespread and severe flu season nationally. But what has it been like in our region? We checked in with Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer and Chief of Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization, to find out the current status of flu locally. What’s happening now and how do you […]

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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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