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Health Alerts

The Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Gary Goldbaum sends alerts via email to local health care providers. Alerts cover current local, regional or national health threats and important updates on medical care and protocols. Alerts are written as needed to cover urgent or emergent health issues.

Friday, March 18, 2016


Action requested:  Be aware of guidance about appropriate prescribing of opioids for chronic pain and tools to help reduce diversion of drugs and to prevent overdose deaths.  Consider certification to prescribe buprenorphine. Read More >>
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Meningococcal vaccine

Action requested:  Be aware of guidance to support provider recommendations to patients about meningococcal B vaccine. Read More >>
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Zika virus infection update

Action requested:  Be aware of current recommendations to prevent transmission of Zika virus and to manage suspected Zika virus infection. Read More >>
Monday, February 1, 2016

Influenza vaccination & treatment; Zika virus infection & pregnancy; Hepatitis C & dialysis; Crisis standards of care

Action requested:  Be aware of guidelines for influenza vaccination and treatment.
Action requested:  Advise women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy in the immediate future to postpone travel to countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
Action requested: Be aware of an increase in acute Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among patients undergoing hemodialysis.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Influenza & Zika Virus Infection

Action requested: Implement practices to prevent spread of influenza.
Action requested: Consider Zika virus infection in patients with acute fever, rash, arthralgia, or conjunctivitis, and who have traveled to areas with ongoing transmission in the two weeks prior to illness onset. Read More >>
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Health alerts include information about diseases or other health risks or issues that affect Snohomish County.