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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Telling overdose prevention stories through comics: a conversation with the artist

We are launching a series of DON’T HANG ON TO MEDS comic strips as part of International Overdose Awareness Day, sharing reasons why it’s important to get rid of unused medications in the home, told from the perspectives of parents, grandparents, people who have experienced addiction, and healthcare providers. I worked with Seattle comics artist Tatiana […]

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Water you waiting for? Learn these 5 tips for staying safe in the water

  If the past few weeks are any indicator, it’s going to be a hot summer here in King County. The National Weather Service is predicting higher than normal summer temperatures in the Pacific Northwest and we expect to see record numbers of people flocking to the water for relief from the heat. Unfortunately, with […]

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After King County’s lawsuit win, sex-ed research funding restored

After U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour ruled on May 29 that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) failed to adequately explain why it cut King County’s funding to study the efficacy of its FLASH sexual health education program, HHS has now approved the $1 million in funding. As explained in a News […]

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Wade for it: 5 things you DEFINITELY want to know about wading pools

Visiting a local wading pool is a fun, free way to spend a hot summer day with your little ones. But, even if the pool is chlorinated, there could be germs lurking in the water that can cause illnesses, such as E. coli or Giardia. So, before you bust out your floaties and lather yourself […]

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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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