Updated October 31, 2013
Flu Season? (Haven't even put the BBQ away yet!) The Washington State Department of Health encourages flu shots as an excellent way to prevent getting sick with the flu this year. Don't forget what grandma told you as well: Cover Your Cough, Stay Home When You Are Sick, Wash Your Hands. And here is a link to the Washington State Health Department for info about flu shots:
CDC weekly update (Current Influenza status)
Every one ages 6 months and older is strongly encouraged to get their influenza vaccine annually as soon as the vaccine becomes available. The vaccine is readily available at local pharmacies on Whidbey and Camano. Please be advised that due to funding constraints, the health department no longer conducts flu shot clinics.
Antibiotic Resistance is becoming increasingly a problem, especially for certain at risk populations, hospitalized patients, and patients with artificial joints. Here's a CDC site which discusses the "bad old days" before antibiotics, the magic era of antibiotics, and the unfortunate potential for a world of infection post antibiotic effectiveness.
West Nile Virus… Hmmm… Doesn’t sound like something to mess with. Here’s some tips on how to avoid being one of our state’s (luckily small) statistics:
West Nile Virus in Washington
(annual reports accumulated daily since 2002)
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Important information from our Public Health partners
Region 1 Communicable Disease 2012 Year-end Report
Region 1 Communicable Disease 2013 Monthly Report
Pertussis status statewide through 22 June 2013
State Department of Health Newsroom
County Health Ranking
Did you know that alcohol based hand cleansers effectively 'sterilize' your hands only temporarily? The static effects are practically gone within just a few minutes. Get into the habit of washing your hands frequently ...and for at least 18-20 seconds (sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star...")
Vaccinations help prevent illness! What is your status? A lot of adults forget about the benefits of keeping current with vaccines. Tdap, yearly influenza, Zoster "shingles" shot, if over age 60 are worth considering. There are also special situations where other vaccines may be of benefit.
For more information regarding all vaccines, click here
Health Status Indicators
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services maintains data on Island County Health Status Indicators. All said, we're doing fairly well, but regular exercise is the best medicine. Just do it!
Click here for Island County data.
Washington State County Health Rankings