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Cold and flu season is here!

Thorough hand washing is your best defense. Now is the time to review good hand washing practices with your children, and if your diligence has slipped, it is time to recommit. Please take a moment to review the information below from the Centers for Disease Prevention, Washington State Department of Health, and the King County Health Department for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and other diseases.

Stop Germs, Stop Flu! poster available in multiple languages:

Preventing illness in your home: http://www.cdc.gov/ounceofprevention/docs/oop_poster_eng.pdf
Cold or flu? http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/preparedness/pandemicflu/ColdsFlu.aspx

Current Health Alerts

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) — updated October 16

Enteroviruses are very common viruses that can cause respiratory illness, fever and rash, and neurologic illnesses, such as aseptic meningitis (swelling of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord) and encephalitis (swelling of the brain); there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses. Approximately 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United States each year. Most people infected with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious. Infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become sick. 

Ebola — updated October 16

While outbreak in West Africa is worsening, but the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with other U.S. government agencies and international partners, is taking steps to respond to this rapidly changing situation. Ebola poses no substantial risk to the U.S. general population. More about Ebola and national situation from the CDC.

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