EFR reminds people that wearing helmets saves lives

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.”

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King County resident does not have Ebola, initial tests show

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.

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County gets $6 million grant to improve Hepatitis C treatment

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.

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Enterovirus D68 is now in 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.

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Senior care agency offers free home safety checks

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.

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Doctors, CDC recommend families get flu shot early

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.

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Cycle the WAVE event joins the fight against domestic violence

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.

By Nancy Lamb / Ramblin Lamb Photography Emily Gross (left) and Crissy Kirklin express their spirit during Cycle the WAVE 2012.

By Nancy Lamb / Ramblin Lamb Photography
Emily Gross (left) and Crissy Kirklin express their spirit during Cycle the WAVE 2012.

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.

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Teens, enter digital media contest for hiking safety awareness

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.

Flu epidemic spares Issaquah community — so far

January 22, 2013

Beth Whitaker (left), a staff nurse at Eastgate Public Health Center, gives a flu vaccine to Patrick Gill, of Bellevue, as his wife Candice Gill looks on in sympathy after receiving her own shot Jan. 19 during the free flu clinic. By Greg Farrar

Beth Whitaker (left), a staff nurse at Eastgate Public Health Center, gives a flu vaccine to Patrick Gill, of Bellevue, as his wife Candice Gill looks on in sympathy Jan. 19 during a free flu clinic. By Greg Farrar

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.

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How to tell cold, flu symptoms apart is difficult

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
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Mild fever of less than 102 degrees


Flu symptoms can appear suddenly and include:

  • Nausea
  • Cough without phlegm
  • Chills and body aches
  • Sweating
  • 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

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