Proudly in defense of breastfeeding, in King County and everywhere

Statement from Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health—Seattle & King County, responding to news that the United States government (Dept. of Health & Human Services) aggressively attempted to water down international support for breastfeeding through the World Health Organization (W.H.O.). “The notion that any national or international health agency would not completely support breastfeeding is […]

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Repost: Confirmed measles case in Snohomish County

The following information has been shared by the Snohomish Health District and is also available here. While we do not have any reports of measles in King County at this time, the person infected with measles visited King County. See the list below for areas of potential exposure.  Potential risk of exposure for unvaccinated people at […]

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King County wins lawsuit, blocks federal government from terminating science-based teen pregnancy prevention program

(This News Release comes from the King County Executive Office) King County has won an important victory in U.S. District Court after demonstrating that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) acted unlawfully in abruptly cancelling its Teen Pregnancy Prevention grants two years early. “We sued the federal government because they are attempting […]

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New school health centers promote “whole child” approach

School-based health centers are improving health (and academics) for youth at more than 30 schools in King County – and this year, the number of schools participating is expanding, through Best Starts for Kids. The centers bring medical and mental health services right where it’s easiest for students to access – in clinics that are […]

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Video: Student champions make the case for vaccination at Science Center

How would you convince a teenager to take vaccines seriously? One approach that can potentially double vaccine coverage rates is to start with their peers. You can learn how that works in this video from a current exhibit at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center called, “Vaccines & Immunity: It Takes a Community.” The video highlights the Public […]

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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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