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23
NOV

Public Health reports first pediatric flu death of the 2022-2023 flu season
Public Health is reporting the first pediatric flu death of this flu season. It’s an important time to get the seasonal flu vaccine and updated COVID-19 booster and help prevent further spread of illness by staying home when sick.

15
NOV

King County Board of Health Meeting Thursday, November 17, 2022
The King County Board of Health will meet Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. The agenda includes a briefing on syphilis in King County and discussion and possible action regarding non-elected member candidates to begin serving on the Board of Health in 2023.

27
OCT

King County Launches “Don’t Count Us Out” Campaign to Reduce Stigma around Substance Use Disorder
A new public campaign, called “Don’t Count Us Out,” has launched across King County. The campaign aims to reduce stigma against people living with and recovering from substance use disorder.

20
OCT

King County Board of Health meeting today, October 20, 2022
The King County Board of Health will meet today, October 20, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. The agenda includes a briefing on sexual and gender based violence in schools and discussion and possible action regarding non-elected member candidates to begin serving on the Board of Health in 2023.

6
OCT

Vashon Island beaches closed for shellfish harvesting: Paralytic shellfish poison found at unsafe levels
Paralytic shellfish poison has been detected at unsafe levels on Vashon-Maury Island's Quartermaster Harbor beaches. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed these areas to recreational shellfish harvest. The commercial harvest is not affected. People should always check the DOH shellfish safety website before harvesting shellfish.

6
OCT

Rabid bat found near Alki Beach Pier in West Seattle
A rabid bat was found by the sidewalk adjacent to the Duwamish Head Condominiums (1140 Alki Ave SW) on September 18 - 19, 2022, near Alki Beach Pier in West Seattle. If you or someone you know had any contact with a bat near this area, seek medical evaluation immediately or contact Public Health - Seattle & King County.

14
SEP

King County Board of Health Meeting Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022
The King County Board of Health will meet Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. The agenda includes a monkeypox update and a briefing on opioid use and harm reduction in King County. In addition, there will be a Board of Health restructure recruitment planning update.

9
AUG

Free vaccination events provide required back-to-school Immunizations
On or before the first day of instruction, all K-12 students in Washington state must be up to date on vaccinations required for school, whether attending classes in-person or remotely. King County children through age 18 can get all vaccines required for K-12 school entry, as well as COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, at upcoming free clinics.

1
AUG

Heat-Related Illness Surveillance Data for Friday, 7/29 – Sunday, 7/31
The Puget Sound Region was under a National Weather Service excessive heat warning July 26 through 31, 2022. Heat can be deadly, but deaths from heat are preventable. During this heat event, Public Health - Seattle & King County is releasing daily reports of preliminary data on heat-related illness surveillance. Today's report is for data from Friday, 7/29 through Sunday, 7/31.

29
JUL

Heat-Related Illness Surveillance Data for Thursday, July 28, 2022
High temperatures are forecast for the Puget Sound Region this week. Heat can be deadly, but deaths from heat are preventable. During this heat event, Public Health - Seattle & King County is releasing daily reports of preliminary data on heat-related illness surveillance. Today's report is for data from Thursday, July 28, 2022.

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