Unraveling the myth of MMR and autism

More than eight months into the nation’s largest measles outbreak in decades, there’s a lot of misinformation circulating about the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR). To help you figure out what’s fact and what’s fiction, we put together simple answers to some common questions about MMR. Download the complete, printable infographic here. For more […]

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Why did you get vaccinated this year?

Flu season is underway so we collected a few reasons why different people in our community make sure to get vaccinated each year. Babies under six months aren’t old enough for flu shots. It’s up to us to keep them healthy! A yearly flu shot protects babies, grandparents, people undergoing cancer treatment – and you! […]

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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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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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Required childhood immunizations and vaccine exemptions: The bottom line

By Jeff Duchin, MD, Health Officer Media coverage of our recent publication in the journal Pediatrics gave some people the mistaken impression that my colleagues and I want to provide children with a choice to “opt out” of required vaccinations, except for measles vaccine. The fact is that families in Washington currently have the ability […]

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More protection, less ouchy: What’s new with flu vaccine in 2015

Kids are finally back at school and that means they are passing their germs to each other and bringing them home so that parents can bring them to work. Time to get a flu vaccine! And there are new options. We sat down with Libby Page from our Immunizations Program to find out the latest. Last year’s […]

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