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June 26, 2014 at 3:56 PM

8 measles cases reported in South King County, 1 in Pierce

Local public health officials are recommending that everyone in South King County or Pierce County make certain they’re up-to-date on their measles vaccinations after nine cases of measles were confirmed or suspected in the area. Eight cases are among members of the same extended family in south King County and one case is suspected in Pierce…

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April 18, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Washington pools to host ‘April Pools Day’ this Saturday

Pools around the state will host their annual April Pools Day events on Saturday for families and community members to learn about water safety and enjoy free swim time. April Pools Day attendees will learn proper life-jacket fitting and use, drowning-prevention strategies and rescue techniques in case of a water emergency at the 25 participating city,…

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April 8, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Warning issued for measles exposure at Sea-Tac airport

A traveler from California with a confirmed case of measles was at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on March 31 and two other Seattle locations the previous day while he was contagious, according to Public Health – Seattle and King County. The traveler was likely exposed to measles while on the same flight as a person with an…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: Public Health - Seattle & King County, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

November 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Saturday Memo: Viaduct closed … Health-insurance sign-up in Kent … Huskies play at 5 p.m.

Weather: Some sun, some clouds, low 50s. Tonight, rain is possible, and more likely into the early-morning hours of Sunday. More on the forecast. Viaduct closed: Traffic could get a little tighter on I-5 this weekend, as the Alaskan Way Viaduct is closed. Here’s more on the closure, which is scheduled to last until 5 a.m. Monday. Boeing:…

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October 30, 2013 at 3:46 PM

King County public health centers to offer free flu vaccines

Public Health – Seattle & King County is offering free flu vaccinations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, for people who do not have insurance or cannot afford to pay. A limited number of nasal spray, preservative-free, gelatin-free, and latex-free vaccines will be available as well. The four Public Health Centers offering…

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September 25, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Des Moines ‘boil-water’ advisory lifted

Folks in Des Moines can drink straight from the tap again. The Washington State Department of Health has lifted an advisory for residents of Water District 54 to boil their water before drinking it, after lab tests showed the water now meets safe drinking-water standards, a spokesman confirmed. Officials issued the warning Saturday, after tests found E….

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Comments | More in Environment, General news, Health | Topics: Boil water advisory, Des Moines, Normandy Park

July 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Lincoln Park wading pool closed after possible norovirus cases

Seattle Parks and Recreation closed Lincoln Park’s wading pool Friday after Public Health-Seattle & King County learned a group of children who attended day camp in the park became sick after playing in the pool. Public Health suspected the children may have contracted norovirus, which causes diarrhea and vomiting. Norovirus is highly contagious and can be spread if…

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June 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Board of Health wants drug companies to fund disposal program

The King County Board of Health may take action next week to enact a proposal to require drug companies whose medications are used in King County to finance and provide a secure medicine-return system. The proposed program would be the second such system in the country. It would affect manufacturers of both prescription and over-the-counter drugs for residential use,…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: drugs, King County Board of Health, medicine

April 29, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Auditor knocks King County Public Health’s accounting

At least $7.3 million in accounts receivable and deferred revenues should have been counted in annual financial statements by Public Health — Seattle & King County, according to Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley. Accounts receivable were misreported in the annual financial statements, Kelley said in a report issued last week, and the health department underreported deferred…

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Comments | More in General news, Health | Topics: accounts receivable, Medicaid, Public Health - Seattle & King County

January 16, 2013 at 4:40 PM

King County offering free flu vaccinations for low-income residents

In response to a widespreadflu epidemic, King County is offering free flu vaccinations to people without health insurance or who are unable to afford one. The vaccines Public Health – Seattle & King County is giving can be administered with a shot or with nasal spray. Preservative-free, gelatin-free and latex-free vaccines will be available. “The flu will…

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Comments | Topics: Centers for Disease Control, flu, free flu vaccinations

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