For King County health care professionals
Communicable diseases, epidemiology and immunization resources
Health care advisories
The Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization Section emails timely Health Advisories to those who subscribe to our Info-X Listserv. The listserv is a free service for King County health care professionals. Send a request to be added to the list.
- October 9, 2017
Probable wound botulism in a person who uses injection drugs in King County
- September 14, 2017
Hepatitis A outbreak primarily among homeless persons, San Diego, CA
- August 29, 2017
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and upcoming annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Key resources, guidelines, and services
- Q&A about new HPV vaccine recommendations by awardees and providers, CDC
- Disease reporting requirements for King County health care professionals, specific businesses and organizations
In Washington state, health care professionals, health care facilities, laboratories, veterinarians, food service establishments, child day care facilities, and schools are legally required to notify public health authorities at their local health jurisdiction of suspected or confirmed cases of selected diseases or conditions. These are referred to as notifiable conditions.
- Flu resources for health care professionals
Toolkits, flu surveillance activities, reporting requirements, diagnostic testing algorithm, infection control.
- Animal bites and suspected human rabies exposures
Animal bites are a public health concern because of the potential for transmission of rabies, a viral infection of the nervous system and brain of humans and other mammals that is almost always fatal. Infection can be prevented by administering rabies immune globulin and a series of rabies vaccine doses.
- Vaccines for Children (VFC) program
The VFC helps to remove the barriers of cost and access to attaining childhood immunizations. Almost 95% of public and private immunization providers in King County are currently enrolled.
- Public Health Laboratory
The Public Health Laboratory assists in the prevention of disease spread by identifying patients and environmental samples which carry organisms that are potentially harmful to the health of the residents of King County. Some of its services are available to King County health care providers.
- Key issues, guidelines and tools
- Measles (Rubeola) prevention and control
- Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program (PHBPP)
- Arsenic and lead in children
- Emergency preparedness
- West Nile virus
- The Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization Quarterly
Produced quarterly, this newsletter contains articles about current health issues in King County, such as recent outbreaks, vaccination programs, cases of unusual infectious diseases, and background articles on new and emerging infectious diseases.
- Communicable disease summaries
Public health surveillance is the ongoing, systematic collection of data regarding health-related events. The analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of this information are used to reduce morbidity and mortality and to improve public health.
- Plain Talk About Child Immunizations
This booklet provides parents with accurate information about immunizations and the diseases they prevent, benefits and risks and vaccine safety and effectiveness.