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  • New Website Tutorial

    New Website Tutorial

    Learn how to use your new site.

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  • Flu Symptoms Checklist

    Flu Symptoms Checklist

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    Should my child stay home from school? ☐ Yes     ☐ No     Does your child have a sore throat, bad cough or runny nose? ☐ Yes     ☐ No     Does your child have body aches and chills? ☐ Yes     ☐ No     Does your child have a  fever of 100°F or higher?   If no thermometer, does your Flu Symptoms Checklist

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  • School Opiate Overdose Resources

    School Opiate Overdose Resources

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    Schools can prepare for opiate overdose. About 2,500 Washington State 12th graders had tried heroin at least once and even more (about 3,500 ) use pain killers to get high in any given month. Almost one in 10 teens believe prescription drug misuse carries little to no risk. –2018 Health Youth Survey If a student School Opiate Overdose Resources

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  • Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders

    Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders

    You can protect yourself from fentanyl exposure. The abuse of drugs containing fentanyl is killing Americans. First responders are likely to encounter fentanyl when responding to overdose calls, conducting traffic stops, arrests and searches. Inhalation of airborne powder is harmful. Wear gloves when you suspect the presence of fentanyl. Questions? Contact Yakima Health District at Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders

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  • Health Advisory: Hepatitis A Outbreaks Among Homeless in California

    Health Advisory: Hepatitis A Outbreaks Among Homeless in California

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    Actions Requested Have increased suspicion for acute hepatitis A among people with acute onset of jaundice, markedly elevated liver function tests and other symptoms of acute viral hepatitis. Especially in those who are homeless and/or using drugs. Perform serologic testing on suspect cases: hepatitis A IgM or acute hepatitis panel. Provide hepatitis A vaccine to Health Advisory: Hepatitis A Outbreaks Among Homeless in California

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  • Cryptococcus gattii

    Cryptococcus gattii

    What is it? C. gattii is a fungus closely related to C. neoformans that can infect the pulmonary and central nervous systems of both animals and humans. Until recently, C. gattii was only found in certain subtropical and tropical environments. In 1999 it emerged on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC), Canada. Between 1999 and 2006, Cryptococcus gattii

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  • Travel-Associated Illness

    Travel-Associated Illness

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    [vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text] Ask About Travel Outbreaks of Ebola virus disease and Middle East Respiratory Virus in 2014 and 2015 have increased awareness of the importance of asking patients about travel. Asking about travel has always been important when Travel-Associated Illness

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  • Free Immunization E-Course

    Free Immunization E-Course

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    There Never Was an Age of Reason: Vaccines, Vaccine Hesitancy and Vaccine Decision Making This e-course offers continuing education credits, is hosted by WithinReach and funded by Kaiser WA. Click here to register Objectives Describe the impact of modern vaccines on individual & public health. Identify factors other than hesitancy that contribute to under-immunization. Discuss Free Immunization E-Course

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  • Health Advisory: Increase in Gonorrhea

    Health Advisory: Increase in Gonorrhea

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    Actions Requested Be aware that gonorrhea is increasing, especially among people age 20 to 29. Take a sexual history and screen for gonorrhea and other STDs in all sexually active people, especially those at increased risk. Perform routine gonorrhea and chlamydia screening for all sexually active women under age 25, including screening multiple sites (cervix, Health Advisory: Increase in Gonorrhea

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  • MERS-CoV

    MERS-CoV

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    In September 2012, the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health announced a new form of coronavirus, since named Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). So far all cases have been linked (by residence or travel) to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula: Bahrain; Iraq; Iran; Israel, the West Bank and Gaza; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Oman; MERS-CoV

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  • Hepatitis A Fact Sheet

    Hepatitis A Fact Sheet

    Overview Transmission: Fecal-oral. Incubation Period: Average 28-30 days (range 15-50 days). Symptoms: Anorexia, vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue, followed by jaundice. Severity of illness increases with age. Infectious Period: 14 days prior to onset of jaundice to seven days after onset of jaundice. Infants can excrete virus in the stool for longer periods of time. Epidemiology: Hepatitis A Fact Sheet

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  • Health Advisory: Zika Testing

    Health Advisory: Zika Testing

    Action Requested Know how to order appropriate Zika virus testing through commercial laboratories. Background Because testing for Zika virus is now widely available through commercial laboratories, testing for Zika virus at Washington State Public Health Laboratories is now limited to: Patients for whom cost is a barrier to testing. Infants with possible congenital exposure to Health Advisory: Zika Testing

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