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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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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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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Zika Virus, One Year Later

It’s been just over a year since King County had its first diagnosed case of Zika virus infection. We caught up with medical epidemiologist Dr. Meagan Kay, DVM, to find out what we’ve learned about Zika virus since then, and what concerns health experts have now. At this time last year, Meagan, you were expecting […]

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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

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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