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Protecting yourself and others during the current flu epidemic

Protecting yourself and others during the current flu epidemic

  By Uma Malhotra, MD Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine Specialist Virginia Mason Medical Center Just weeks into the flu season and we have already reached “epidemic” levels in Washington state, with dozens of flu-related deaths reported. Patients are flooding emergency departments in western Washington, complaining of flu symptoms. Around King County, the number of […]

January 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
The new ‘100% effective’ Ebola vaccine owes a debt to the scientists who beat smallpox

The new ‘100% effective’ Ebola vaccine owes a debt to the scientists who beat smallpox

By Connor Bamford, University of Glasgow Almost a year after the official end of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the final results from one of the only Ebola vaccine trials are now in – and they look very promising. This is the only data we have on a vaccine against a virus in the Ebolavirus […]

December 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
King County mumps outbreak update

King County mumps outbreak update

From Public Health – Seattle & King County Forty-four King County residents have been diagnosed with mumps (seven confirmed, 37 probable). Over 60 percent are in children age 17 and younger and 59 percent are up-to-date on their measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination. Thirty-nine are in Auburn, three are in Kent, one is in Pacific, and one […]

December 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
As vaccine exemptions grow, parents seek transparency in schools

As vaccine exemptions grow, parents seek transparency in schools

By Anna Casey Kaiser Health News AUSTIN, Texas — Georgia Moore was diagnosed with leukemia the day after her 10th birthday. The fourth-grader began an intense chemotherapy regimen, which left her immune system vulnerable and kept her from attending her small, private Montessori school here. But her younger sister Ivy was in kindergarten at the […]

November 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why health care providers & public health professionals say vaccines are not the cause of recent acute flaccid myelitis cases

Why health care providers & public health professionals say vaccines are not the cause of recent acute flaccid myelitis cases

By Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer Public Health – Seattle & King County Recent cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) locally and across the US have parents, health care providers and public health professionals deeply concerned and looking hard for the cause, which remains unknown. Based on what we do know about causes of AFM, […]

November 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why it’s your job to get a flu shot – and call in sick if you do get the flu

Why it’s your job to get a flu shot – and call in sick if you do get the flu

By Patricia Schnabel Ruppert Originally published by TheConversation.com By Seasonal influenza is a major global health concern. Worldwide, annual influenza epidemics result in three to five million cases of severe illness, and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. In industrialized countries, most deaths associated with influenza occur among people age 65 or older, who are also 10-30 […]

October 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Is 20-someting too late for a guy to get the HPV vaccine?

Is 20-someting too late for a guy to get the HPV vaccine?

By Jake Harper, Side Effects Public Media Kaiser Health News Television is making me anxious about sex — more anxious than usual. I keep seeing scary ads featuring young people asking their parents why they didn’t get the vaccine to protect against the human papillomavirus — HPV. If you’re unfamiliar with HPV, it’s a sexually transmitted […]

October 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
State immunization rates up

State immunization rates up

Immunization Survey Shows Washington’s Kids are Better Protected From the Washington State Department of Health According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year’s annual National Immunization Survey shows Washington is better than the national average for most childhood vaccines. The state recorded increased rates over last year for nine out of 10 […]

October 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
The ads say ‘Get your flu shot today,’ but it might be wiser to wait

The ads say ‘Get your flu shot today,’ but it might be wiser to wait

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News The pharmacy chain pitches started in August: Come in and get your flu shot. Convenience is touted. So are incentives: CVS offers a 20-percent-off shopping pass for everyone who gets a shot, while Walgreens donates toward international vaccination efforts. The start of flu season is still weeks — if not […]

September 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
HPV vaccination rate rises for teens especially boys

HPV vaccination rate rises for teens especially boys

By Michael Ollove Stateline The share of teenage boys getting the vaccine to prevent the cancer-causing human papillomavirus climbed significantly last year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccination rate among girls rose as well, but not as steeply. The CDC report says that 28.1 percent of boys between ages 13 […]

August 30, 2016 | By | Reply More