December 9, 2014
Whether on a motorcycle, ATV or bicycle, Eastside Fire & Rescue urges all to make it a habit to wear a helmet.
“It’s really a no-brainer,” EFR Fire Chief Lee Soptich said in a news release. “Wearing a helmet is something so simple, that makes so much difference when things go wrong.”
December 7, 2014
NEW — 3:25 p.m. Dec. 7, 2014
A King County resident is negative on initial testing for the Ebola virus, according to results released today by the Washington State Department of Health, Public Health Laboratory.
The man had recently returned from Mali, a county with a small number of Ebola cases, and had developed a slight fever yesterday.
Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health – Seattle & King County had been monitoring him for possible Ebola symptoms, according to a news release. In addition to the fever, the patient also had a sore throat but none of the other typical symptoms to suggest Ebola infection.
November 11, 2014
King County health care providers will be better able to identify and successfully treat people with chronic Hepatitis C virus thanks to a $6 million grant awarded to Public Health – Seattle & King County.
September 28, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 28, 2014
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68 in King County.
The CDC testing confirmed that a child hospitalized at Seattle Children’s has a respiratory illness associated with EV-D68.
Many people who get sick from EV-D68 have only mild symptoms, like runny nose or coughing with or without fever. Parents should be watchful for any signs of wheezing or worsening asthma and seek medical help promptly if breathing difficulty occurs.
July 12, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. July 12, 2014
Northwest Senior Care is offering free home safety checks to King County seniors this month in recognition of National Safety Month.
The safety checks, by local senior care experts, are available through the end of July.
September 24, 2013
Last year’s flu season affected an alarming number of people, and experts predict this year’s flu season could strike as early as October. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local physicians recommend families protect themselves now with the 2013 influenza vaccine.
Local AFC/Doctors Express and American Family Care facilities are stocking up on flu vaccines and will have them available throughout the flu season. No appointment is required and patients may walk in for a flu shot at their convenience.
Bartell Drugs has launched an extensive seasonal flu vaccination program offering convenient in-store vaccinations for individuals at 61 Bartell Drugs locations, and an off-site flu clinic program serving area businesses and retirement communities. The Issaquah Bartell Drugs is at 6700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.
August 27, 2013
Join 1,200 women on the starting line at Issaquah High School on Sept. 15 for the 2013 Cycle the WAVE Washington ride.
The event, started in 2008 in a collaboration of the Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club and the Rising Star Guild, creates a space for women of all ages and fitness levels to experience camaraderie, increase awareness of domestic violence and raise money for domestic violence programs.
The five past Cycle the WAVE — Women Against Violence Everywhere — events have raised a total of almost $500,000 to support programs for “legal advocacy, deaf and deaf/blind populations, medical advocacy for the education of medical professionals, and for children and teen populations” across Washington state, according to Washington’s Cycle the WAVE website. Last year’s grant recipients from King, Snohomish, Pierce, Chelan and Douglas counties received a total of $120,000.
July 31, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. July 31, 2013
Safe Kids Snohomish County, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Service and the Washington Trails Association have created “Teens on Trail,” a contest to promote hiking safety.
Teens from throughout the state have the chance to win a backpack filled with the 10 hiking essentials, including a map, compass and thorough first aid kit. The entry for the contest can be a photo, video, sound clip or animation about teenagers and hiking safety.
According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 young people are treated in emergency departments for outdoor recreational injuries. Of those, 51.5 percent are between the ages of 10 and 14.
The submission deadline for “Teens on Trail” is Sept. 30. Entrants must be between ages 10 and 18. Learn more here.
Learn more about the “Ten Essentials” of hiking here.
January 22, 2013
Health officials urge vaccinations
Flu remains widespread in Washington and throughout the United States, and local health care providers and school administrators said although the epidemic is raging elsewhere, Issaquah is OK — so far.
January 22, 2013
How to tell the flu from a cold is difficult, because the illnesses share many symptoms, including fatigue, fever, headache, muscle aches and runny nose.
Cold symptoms tend to develop gradually and include:
- Runny, stuffy nose
- Scratchy throat
- Watery eyes
- Mild fever of less than 102 degrees
Flu symptoms can appear suddenly and include:
- Cough without phlegm
- Chills and body aches
- Fever of more than 102 degrees (not everybody with the flu develops a fever)
- Lack of appetite
- Vomiting (more common in children)
- Diarrhea (more common in children)
Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, everydayHealth, University of Arizona