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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Preventing a hepatitis A outbreak in King County

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a highly contagious virus. A large outbreak in San Diego, along with outbreaks in Los Angeles and in Salt Lake City has Public Health officials concerned that a hepatitis A outbreak could occur in King County. Dr. Jeff Duchin, King County’s Health Officer, explains who’s at risk […]

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Rabid bat found at City of SeaTac park

A rabid bat was found at Angle Lake Park in the City of SeaTac. If you had any contact with a bat near the park lakeshore by the old lifeguard shack on Monday, August 28 or Tuesday, August 29, contact Public Health (206-296-4774) immediately for information on preventative treatment. Rabies can be life-threatening, but is preventable if […]

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New cases of Legionnaires’ Disease at Local Hospital

The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) has notified Public Health – Seattle & King County of two patients who were diagnosed with a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease caused by infection with Legionella bacteria.  The patients’ medical histories suggest that exposure to Legionella happened while hospitalized at UWMC. The first patient, a male in his 40’s, […]

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Hazy days: wildfire smoke and your health

NOTE: This posting first appeared on our blog in early August of 2017. The health information is still relevant anytime the air quality is declared unhealthy due to wildfire smoke. Wildfires from British Columbia have resulted in poor air quality here in the Puget Sound, as anyone who takes a look out the window can […]

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