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Snohomish Health District is the local public health agency for Snohomish County in Washington state. Our news releases are a resource for current public health information for media, the public, policymakers, and other community partners.

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Media Releases

Check your child’s shot record to ensure full protection

Early vaccination works best -- National Infant Immunization Week, April 21-28

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Parents want to protect their children, but they might not know about some of today’s vaccines or the serious diseases they prevent, such as polio, diphtheria, hepatitis, and whooping cough. These diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children - witness the Lake Stevens infant who died in the whooping cough epidemic that swept Snohomish County last year. More than 35,000 cases of whooping cough were reported across the United States last year, including 15 infant deaths. The majority of these deaths were among infants younger than 3 months of age. Read More >>
Wednesday, April 10, 2013/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (1594)/Comments (0)/
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Local food code goes low-cal as state’s beefs up, May 1

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. The local food regulations in Snohomish County have changed to conform to the newly revised state food laws. Three years of state-level meetings culminated in state-approved revisions to the food regulation, WAC 246-215, effective May 1. The Snohomish County Health Board passed a resolution to adopt the changes in the county at its monthly meeting, April 9.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (1574)/Comments (0)/
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EMPOWER emergency preparedness fair, April 20

Educational event for the general public, communities of color, vulnerable populations & emergency responders features speakers, food, displays

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Culture, ability, and language can make a huge difference in preparing for and responding to emergencies. The EMPOWER emergency preparedness fair will break down the barriers through a day of presentations, information sharing, resource tables, and demonstrations, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat., April 20 at Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave., Everett.

Monday, April 8, 2013/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (1023)/Comments (0)/
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Snohomish Health District executive concludes 36 years in public health

Tim McDonald, Director of the Communicable Disease Control Division, will retire on March 29

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Division Director Tim McDonald announced his retirement from the Snohomish Health District, effective March 29. The Vietnam veteran was also a long-time veteran of local public health, serving communities for 36 years in Washington state. He came to the local Health District in 2008. Read More >>
Wednesday, March 27, 2013/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (770)/Comments (0)/
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“Stop TB in my lifetime” awareness in Snohomish County, March 24

Tuberculosis control continues its long history in Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. To build local awareness of an ongoing global tragedy, the Snohomish County Board of Health recently adopted a resolution proclaiming March 24 to be “World TB Day” in Snohomish County. The Snohomish Health District is responsible for carrying out the work of preventing and controlling tuberculosis in Snohomish County. Read More >>
Thursday, March 21, 2013/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (1519)/Comments (0)/
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