Why children die unexpectedly — and what we can do

Children aren’t supposed to die. When children die unexpectedly, Public Health—Seattle & King County pays extra attention. The department looks for lessons to help families and communities prevent future tragedies, using a process that brings together an extraordinary range of expertise. The program is called Child Death Review, and their most recent report – based […]

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Meet a “do-it-all” nurse, with a special passion for social justice

Tina Maestas, Public Health Nurse, as photographed by one of her clients at the Renton CSO.

For National Public Health Week (April 3-7th), we’re celebrating by featuring unsung public health heroes who make our communities safer and healthier. Each day, we’ll highlight a public health worker through their own words, sharing their work and why they’re committed to serving our community. Today, we have Tina Maestas, who serves as a Public […]

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Emerging mumps outbreak in King County

UPDATE (1/13/17) Current mumps case counts in King County are now available on Public Health’s website. The case counts are updated on weekdays after 3 pm (except on government holidays). Mumps cases for the entire state are reported on the Washington State Department of Health’s website. HIGHLIGHTS FROM PREVIOUS UPDATES: For more information about why vaccinated […]

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Mumps Outbreaks: Why Do we Care and Is the Vaccine Working?

By Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health – Seattle & King County Learn about the on-going mumps outbreak in King County. Why do we care about mumps? Mumps causes painful swelling of the salivary glands in the cheek and jaw area that usually lasts for 1-2 weeks. Complications of mumps include inflammation of the testes […]

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¿Cuáles son las necesidades y fortalezas de las familias de King County? La primera encuesta de salud que responderá estas preguntas.

Spanish blog post about the Best Starts for Kids Child Health Survey. For related information about the survey in English, visit, “What are the needs and strengths of King County families? First-ever health survey to provide answers.“ Escrito por José Niño De Guzmán and Lisa Jaffee ¿Reciben los niños de nuestra región los exámenes médicos recomendados? […]

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Study shows all-ages helmet law improves safety without deterring riders

By Christina Yantsides The King County Board of Health (BOH) All-Ages Bicycle Helmet Law requires that anyone riding a bicycle, regardless of age, must wear a helmet (for more on the history and specifics of the law, read this). Public Health is a strong supporter of helmet laws, which are an important strategy to prevent […]

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