Locally-acquired hepatitis A case in person living homeless

A King County man in his forties has been hospitalized with a confirmed case of hepatitis A, a highly contagious virus that can cause severe liver disease. The patient has been living without permanent housing and has a history of illicit drug use.   Because he has not travelled outside King County during the period […]

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If this vaccine fights cancer, why aren’t more people embracing it?

If you knew there was a vaccine that could prevent several types of cancer—including a form of cancer that kills over 250,000 women each year—would you make sure your child gets it? Consider this: An estimated 79 million Americans are infected with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that causes a range of cancers, as well as […]

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New data available to look up immunization levels in your neighborhood

Update: 5/22/17: New data are available that show the immunizations levels at schools across King County.  According to Libby Page from our Communicable Disease and Immunization program, rates at most schools have stayed stable, with about 17,000 (5.2%) children across the county still not fully protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. Meanwhile, preventable disease outbreaks continue to […]

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