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.
- March 15, 2020
Update on outbreak of COVID-19
- March 15, 2020
Updated COVID-19 testing information for healthcare providers
- March 8, 2020
Information for healthcare providers and laboratories on COVID-19 testing and reporting
On January 21, 2020, the Washington State Dept. of Health announced the first case in the United States of 2019 nCoV in a resident of Snohomish County, WA who had traveled to Wuhan.
At this time, the risk to the general public is considered to be low, given that there is only one case identified in Washington and there is not yet evidence of sustained person to person transmission.
- 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.