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Health Alerts

Action: The Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Mark Beatty 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.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Influenza vaccine; Human papillomavirus vaccine; Long acting reversible contraception

Actions requested:  Be aware of resources to support provider decisions about vaccinating for influenza, given that intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) is not recommended this next influenza season.

Actions requested:  Consider participating in a free webinar about how to increase vaccination to protect against cancers caused by human papillomavirus.

Actions requested:  Consider a free training on long acting reversible contraception.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Influenza Vaccine and Mumps

Actions requested:  Be aware that intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) is not likely to be recommended this next influenza season.

Actions requested:  Be aware that college-bound students from Washington State have been exposed to mumps.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Testing for Zika virus

Actions requested:  Be aware that real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) testing is now commercially available, but commercial laboratories do not provide confirmatory testing.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Loperamide as opioid substitute, Fentanyl, Chronic pain training, Testing for Zika virus, Ticks

Action requested:  Be aware that persons addicted to opioids may abuse loperamide to get high.

Action requested:  Be aware that persons addicted to opioids may be using street drugs containing fentanyl, for which much higher doses of naloxone are needed to reverse overdoses.

Action requested:  Take advantage of free training about current recommendations for opioid management of chronic pain.

Actions requested:  Include urine samples when testing for acute symptomatic Zika virus infection and be aware of guidance to properly interpret any Zika test results.

Action requested:  Be aware of updated guidelines for the diagnosis and management of tickborne rickettsial diseases.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Listeria, testing for Zika virus infection, testing for blood led levels, antiretroviral post-exposure prophylaxis after non-occupational exposure to HIV

Action requested:  Listeria - Be aware of potential exposure to listeria in foods sold in Washington State.

Action requested: Testing for Zika virus infection - Be aware that a commercial test for Zika virus in blood is now available.

Action requested: Testing for blood led - Be aware of targeted screening recommendations for children in Washington State.

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Health alerts include information about diseases or other health risks or issues that affect Snohomish County.