For King County health care professionals
Communicable diseases, epidemiology and immunization resources
Advisories for King County health care professionals
The Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization Section emails timely Health Advisories to those who subscribe to our Info-X Listserv. The listserv is a free service for King County health care professionals. Send a request to be added to the list.
- December 22, 2020
Shigellosis among people experiencing homelessness or unstable housing in King County
- December 22, 2020
Provider alert regarding increased concern of suicide risk in youth during COVID-19 (PDF, WA State Dept. of Health)
- December 9, 2020
Revised Guidance on the Quarantine of Close Contacts to Persons Diagnosed with COVID-19
- Disease reporting requirements for King County health care professionals, specific businesses and organizations
In Washington state, health care professionals, health care facilities, laboratories, veterinarians, food service establishments, child day care facilities, and schools are legally required to notify public health authorities at their local health jurisdiction of suspected or confirmed cases of selected diseases or conditions. These are referred to as notifiable conditions.
- Flu resources for health care professionals
Toolkits, flu surveillance activities, reporting requirements, diagnostic testing algorithm, infection control.
- Animal bites and suspected human rabies exposures
Animal bites are a public health concern because of the potential for transmission of rabies, a viral infection of the nervous system and brain of humans and other mammals that is almost always fatal. Infection can be prevented by administering rabies immune globulin and a series of rabies vaccine doses.
- Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program (PHBPP)
- Vaccines for Children (VFC) program
The VFC helps to remove the barriers of cost and access to attaining childhood immunizations. Almost 95% of public and private immunization providers in King County are currently enrolled.
- Public Health Laboratory
The Public Health Laboratory assists in the prevention of disease spread by identifying patients and environmental samples which carry organisms that are potentially harmful to the health of the residents of King County. Some of its services are available to King County health care providers.
- Key issues, guidelines and tools
- Arsenic and lead in children
- Emergency preparedness
- Monthly reportable cases of selected diseases in Seattle and King County
- Communicable disease summaries
Public health surveillance is the ongoing, systematic collection of data regarding health-related events. The analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of this information are used to reduce morbidity and mortality and to improve public health.
- Plain Talk About Child Immunizations
This booklet provides parents with accurate information about immunizations and the diseases they prevent, benefits and risks and vaccine safety and effectiveness.