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The ‘Spanish’ flu — the ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

The ‘Spanish’ flu — the ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a billion people were infected.

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
It’s not too late to get your flu shot

It’s not too late to get your flu shot

Influenza seasons and severity are unpredictable. Annual vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza among people ages 6 months and older. You also can reduce the spread of the flu and reduce its effects by taking such practical measures as washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when you’re sick.

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Defending against this season’s deadly flu: 5 things to know now

Defending against this season’s deadly flu: 5 things to know now

The H3N2 influenza A subtype that appears to be most prevalent this year is particularly nasty, with more severe symptoms including fever and body aches. Australia, which U.S. public health officials follow closely in their flu forecasting — in part because their winter is our summer — reported a record-high number of confirmed flu cases in 2017.

January 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
A new population may be at risk for HIV. Here’s why.

A new population may be at risk for HIV. Here’s why.

Recently, HIV prevention efforts have focused on men who have sex with men (MSM). But new research led by Sara Glick, a Public Health – Seattle & King County epidemiologist, has found a growing risk of infection among expand among people who inject drugs such as methamphetamine.

January 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why finding new HIV targets takes so long: Some basics about basic research

Why finding new HIV targets takes so long: Some basics about basic research

Although great strides have been made at combating human immunodeficiency virus(HIV) , leading to better quality of life and a longer life expectancy for those living with the virus, significant problems remain. Why? The virus has a high mutation rate, which makes it possible for the virus to quickly develop resistance to antiretroviral therapies.

December 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Influenza on the rise in Washington state

Influenza on the rise in Washington state

Flu can cause severe illness in some people, and can sometimes lead to death. Last flu season 278 people in Washington were confirmed to have died from influenza.

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
How effective will the flu vaccine be this year?

How effective will the flu vaccine be this year?

How well each season’s flu vaccine works to prevent illness varies from season to season, depending on the match between the flu viruses the vaccine is designed to protect against and the flu viruses that are circulating when the flu season arrives. Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Jeff Duchin explains

December 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pre-cut fruit linked to local Salmonella outbreak

Pre-cut fruit linked to local Salmonella outbreak

The Department of Health announced today a Salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or fruit mixes containing watermelon or cantaloupe in both Washington and Oregon.

December 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
HIV rates at record low in King County and Washington state

HIV rates at record low in King County and Washington state

The numbers of new HIV diagnoses in King County are at their lowest level since 1998 and at the lowest level in Washington state since 1985. Much of the progress in declining infections has stemmed from high rates of HIV testing, viral suppression, and from preventive use of medication to prevent HIV.

December 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Years before heading offshore, herpes researcher experimented on people in U.S.

Years before heading offshore, herpes researcher experimented on people in U.S.

Three years before launching an offshore herpes vaccine trial, an American researcher vaccinated patients in U.S. hotel rooms in brazen violation of U.S. law.

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More