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November 26, 2014
Nation mobilized for Ebola, but flu prevention is bigger concern

Vaccinations widely available in Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula TACOMA, WA – While the nation’s health system has mobilized to prepare for Ebola, it’s really the flu that remains our greater threat. And in...
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November 25, 2014
Nation mobilized for Ebola, but flu prevention is bigger concern

Free and low-cost flu vaccinations widely available TACOMA, Wash. – While the nation’s health system has mobilized to prepare for Ebola, it’s the flu that remains our greater threat. And throughout Pierce...
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November 18, 2014
2015 Fee Schedule Available

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has posted its final 2015 Fee Schedule. The fee schedule outlines all fees for services the Health Department provides. Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health approved the fee schedule at its...
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November 13, 2014
Enroll for Affordable Health Care beginning Nov. 15

Local, in-person help available at Pierce County locations TACOMA, Wash. – Open enrollment for qualified health insurance plans starts this Saturday, Nov. 15, through the Washington Healthplanfinder, Washington State’s online health insurance marketplace...
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November 12, 2014
Health Department concludes monitoring of person who traveled from West African country

Low risk case is healthy, symptom free TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has concluded the 21-day monitoring period of a traveler who returned from an Ebola-impacted West African country late last month...
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November 5, 2014
Health Department wins top award for quality, cost-effectiveness

Clean Air for Kids asthma-management program named best in Washington TACOMA, Wash. – Clean Air for Kids recently won the state’s highest honor for cost-effective and quality health care services. Since the...
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October 23, 2014
Health Department monitoring person who traveled from West African country

Following CDC guidelines for 21-day period for low risk exposure TACOMA, WA – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received word from Centers for Disease Control via Washington State Department of Health yesterday...
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October 17, 2014
Health Department launches Ebola information web page

Resources for public, healthcare providers, in one place TACOMA, Wash. – Get the fact about Ebola. Tacoma-Pierce County has launched a web page: www.tpchd.org/ebola to share information about preparedness efforts regarding Ebola.The web page...
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October 3, 2014
2015 Proposed Fee Schedule

TPCHD seeks public comment on 2015 proposed fee schedule October 3, 2014 TACOMA, Wash. -- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has posted the 2015 Proposed Fee Schedule for public review. The fee...
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October 2, 2014
Fall Family Garden Festival and Tree Sale

Celebrate the season at Oct. 4 free event TACOMA, Wash. – Welcome the change of seasons at the Fall Family Garden Festival and Tree Sale this Saturday. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to...
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September 30, 2014
Pierce County Child Confirmed with Enterovirus EV D68

Take steps to avoid respiratory illnesses TACOMA, Wash. – A Pierce County child hospitalized earlier this month with severe asthma symptoms tested positive for the Enterovirus (EV) D68 virus. The child has since recovered...
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September 29, 2014
Health Department to test plans for mass medication dispensing

Regional emergency response exercise to help improve planning TACOMA, Wash. – A rapid response to dangerous diseases—natural epidemics or following a terrorist release of anthrax or other biological agents—can make the difference between...
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August 7, 2014
DiBiase tapped to lead Environmental Health at Health Department

Collaborative leadership, eliminating barriers are focus TACOMA, Wash. – Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH, director of health, has named Frank DiBiase as the new director of the Environmental Health Division of Tacoma-Pierce County...
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August 6, 2014
Board of Health votes to co-locate Health Department in Pierce County Administrative Building

TACOMA, Wash. – At its Aug. 6 meeting, Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health voted to co-locate the Health Department with Pierce County in the County’s proposed administration building to be constructed on Pacific Avenue...
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July 9, 2014
Second measles case confirmed in Pierce County today

Person infected with measles visited local grocery store, Tacoma General Emergency Department TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received confirmation today of Pierce County’s second case of measles. The infected person visited...
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July 2, 2014
Board of Health approves 2015 budget

Health Department not facing big cuts going into next year TACOMA, Wash. – At its July 2 meeting, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s Board of Health approved a 2015 budget of $30.5 million, down...
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June 27, 2014
Pierce County sees first measles case in six years

Vaccination is critical in preventing spread of measles among loved ones, community TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received confirmation yesterday of Pierce County’s first case of measles in at least six years...
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June 26, 2014
Measles outbreak in south King, Pierce Counties

Health officials urge public to make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date Local public health officials are investigating eight confirmed cases of measles among members of the same extended family in south King County, and...
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April 29, 2014
Face your septic system inspection fears

Health Department now offers an affordable loan program for repairs, upgrades of failing systems TACOMA, Wash. – If you own one of the 110,000 on-site septic systems serving homes or business in Pierce County...
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April 18, 2014
Pierce County CHIP partners identify health priorities

Health improvements depend on collaborative, prevention-focused efforts TACOMA, Wash. – Pierce County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) partners have identified the two top health priorities for the county as mental health, acknowledging a substance...
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April 2, 2014
Maternal & Child Health Risk Talk at UWT Wednesday

Why Should We Care About Healthy Mothers and Children? National Public Health Week Event at UW Tacoma TACOMA, WASH. — On Wednesday, April 9, University...
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March 26, 2014
Pierce County remains near bottom third among Washington’s County Health Rankings

Continued community collaboration needed to improve health of residents TACOMA, Wash. – In the 2014 County Health Rankings, Pierce County ranked near the bottom third on overall health—25 out of 39—compared with other...
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February 5, 2014
Top five Pierce County health issues unveiled

Partners in Pierce County CHIP take major step in health planning effort today TACOMA, Wash. - What are Pierce County\'s top five health issues? According to the just unveiled Pierce County Community Health Assessment...
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January 23, 2014
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department implements $626,000 budget cut

Contract end forces closure of four Family Support Centers TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has $626,000 less in funding for its Family Support services programs this year. Now, it...
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January 14, 2014
Health Department receives first report of flu-related death this flu season

Get a flu shot now to protect your loved ones, community against illness TACOMA, Wash. - A Pierce County woman in her 50s has died in a local hospital because of the...
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January 9, 2014
Free flu shots for children this Saturday

Protect your loved ones, community against illness TACOMA, Wash. - Protect your family and loved ones against the flu. Children and youth can get a free flu vaccination this Saturday, Jan. 11...
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December 19, 2013
Cross septic system maintenance off of this year’s ‘to do’ list

Health Department incentive program helps you save money, protect environment TACOMA, WA - It\'s one of those maintenance issues that typically falls to the bottom of the \"to do\" list. But getting your septic...
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December 12, 2013
This holiday season: Spread cheer, not the flu

Get a flu shot now to protect your loved ones, community against illness TACOMA, WA - Holiday gatherings are a great time to socialize with family and friends, but make sure you\'re...
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December 10, 2013
Health Department offers free services for asthma sufferers

Clean Air for Kids available to Pierce County children TACOMA, Wash. - Do you suffer from asthma or know someone who does? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department can help. Asthma is...
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December 6, 2013
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department faces contract change

Change in state program to impact Family Support Center services TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is facing another funding reduction that will impact services to some of Pierce County\'s...
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December 5, 2013
Enroll for health insurance at ‘Super Saturday’ Dec. 14

In-Person Assisters at 13 community organizations will answer questions, help you get insurance TACOMA, Wash. - Want insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014? Then come to “Super Saturday,” from 10 a.m. to 4...
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November 19, 2013
Great food is safe food

Health Department reminds you to work with a licensed caterer for your holiday event TACOMA, Wash. - What are the holidays without great food? But truly great food also must be...
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October 29, 2013
Washington Healthplanfinder Mobile Enrollment Tour Visits Tacoma

Enrollment Event Allows Washingtonians to Ask Questions about New Health Plans and Sign Up for Coverage WHO: Bethany Frey, Senior Communications Specialist, Washington Health Benefit Exchange...
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October 15, 2013
Health Department offers ‘Flu Fighter’ school vaccine clinics

TACOMA, Wash. - Is your child ready to fight the flu? The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual influenza immunization. But only about 49 percent of children...
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October 11, 2013
TPCHD seeks public comment on 2014 proposed fee schedule

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has posted the Proposed 2014 Fee Schedule for public review here. The fee schedule outlines all fees for services the Health Department provides. The Department will accept...
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September 19, 2013
Family Support Services Task Force Welcomes Public Comment

The Family Support Services Task Force invites the public to comment at its regularly scheduled meetings. Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health established the task force to make recommendations to the Board of Health...
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September 19, 2013
Paralytic Shellfish Poison at lethal levels in Carr Inlet

TACOMA, Wash. - Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) toxins have increased to lethal levels in shellfish samples collected from Carr Inlet in Pierce County. As a result, Washington State Department of Health has closed many Pierce...
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September 3, 2013
Washington Healthplanfinder Opens Customer Support Program for New Health Plan Options

TACOMA, Wash. - Earlier today, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange unveiled details of its Customer Support Program for Washington Healthplanfinder - the new way for Washingtonians to find, compare and enroll in health insurance starting...
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August 16, 2013
NALBOH taps health department’s Jinkins as legislator of the year

TACOMA, WA - The National Association of Local Boards of Health named Rep. Laurie Jinkins as one of its two legislators of the year at an award ceremony in Salt Lake City last night...
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August 16, 2013
Health Department reopens beach at Dash Point Park

TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recently reopened the beach at Dash Point Park as bacteria counts have dropped to a safe level. Although samples showed lower bacteria counts yesterday, health officials...
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August 14, 2013
High bacteria forces beach closure at Dash Point Park

TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department closed the beach at Dash Point Park earlier today because of high Entrococcus bacteria counts. The popular Northeast Tacoma location is part of the Metro Parks Tacoma system...
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July 15, 2013
Family Support Task Force Recruitment

Funding shortfalls have required Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to closely examine the funding for, effectiveness and placement of multiple programs, including family support services. Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health is seeking curious, critical thinkers to...
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July 3, 2013
Board of Health to vote on 2014 budget—and will face more cuts

TACOMA, WA - At its July 3 meeting, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Board of Health will consider adopting a 2014 budget that implements an additional $1.67 million in reductions to the Department\'s bottom line...
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June 5, 2013
Washington Health Benefit Exchange selects Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for Customer Support Program

Tacoma, Wash. - The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced the selection of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to help Pierce County residents find, compare and enroll in health insurance programs. The in-person assistance effort is...
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June 4, 2013
Health Department works to increase immunization rate among children

TACOMA, Wash. - Vaccination rates for Pierce County school children are improving, according to state-wide school immunization data Washington State Department of Health released May 30. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has been hard...
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May 3, 2013
It’s Hepatitis C Awareness Month: Know your risk factors

TACOMA, Wash. - May is Hepatitis C Awareness Month, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Departments encourages you to check your risk factors for this disease. Those risk factors now include simply being a baby...
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May 1, 2013
Join your neighbors to talk about ‘Living Well in Pierce County’

TACOMA, Wash. - Want to learn how health, the environment and the economy are linked? Join your neighbors to share your ideas to improve the health and quality of life in Pierce County at a...
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April 22, 2013
National Infant Immunization Week: Protect your children against preventable diseases

TACOMA, WA - This week is National Infant Immunization Week, and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants parents to understand the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. “Vaccination plays a critical role in protecting...
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April 18, 2013
Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health votes on budget reduction

TACOMA, WA - The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Board of Health voted Wednesday on a budget amendment that will implement a $1.6 million budget reduction to the Department’s 2013 budget. The cut is the...
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April 17, 2013
Title XIX Medicaid Administrative Match funding formula impacts

TACOMA, WA - The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Board of Health is expected to vote today on a budget amendment that would implement a $1.6 million budget reduction to the Department’s 2013 budget. The...
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March 20, 2013
National Nutrition Month highlights Pierce County’s food challenges

2013 County Health Rankings show need for better access TACOMA, Wash.  -  During National Nutrition Month this March - and every month - access to healthy foods remains a challenge for Pierce County...
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March 14, 2013
Federal cuts threaten program closures, staff reductions at health department

TACOMA, WA - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is facing a budget cut of more than $1.6 million because of Title XIX Medicaid Administrative Match federal funding formula changes. The federal funding reimburses the Department for...
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January 18, 2013
Protect yourself, loved ones: Free flu vaccine clinic Wednesday

TACOMA, WA - In its continuing response to the level of flu circulating in the community, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will host a second free flu vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 5:30-7 p.m...
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January 17, 2013
Smoke-Free Housing Pierce County reports 2012 successes

Tacoma, Wash. - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has 122 reasons to celebrate the year anniversary of its Smoke-Free Housing Pierce County program. Thea’s Landing was the 122nd property to join the Department’s registry that offers...
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January 14, 2013
Health officials say: ‘It’s not too late to get the flu shot’

TACOMA, WA - The Puget Sound area, the state and nation are seeing the earliest arrival of flu season since 2003. The number of people coming down with the flu continues to rise and two...
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January 11, 2013
Plan on eating in Tacoma Mall area? Call first

TACOMA, Wash. - Because of a water main break on South Tacoma Way in the Nalley Valley area, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has advised restaurants to close if they observe sediment in their water. Sediment...
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January 4, 2013
Have your say at community health priority workshops

TACOMA, WA - Pierce County residents can weigh in on community health concerns such as mental health, diabetes, health equity and health care reform at three workshops this month. Workshop organizers, which include Tacoma-Pierce...
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December 3, 2012
Tobacco-Free Campuses Summit offers guidance to improve health of learning environment

TACOMA, WA - Students and education leaders from the Puget Sound region can learn about the benefits of creating healthier college campuses at the Tobacco-Free Alliance of Pierce County’s Annual Summit. “Tobacco-Free College Campuses: Promoting...
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November 26, 2012
Residents can weigh in on community health priorities during workshop series

TACOMA, WA - Obesity, diabetes, health equity, health care reform. What community health issues do you think are the highest priorities? If you have something to say about these and other health concerns that...
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November 15, 2012
Maternal Child Outreach program seeks to reduce prematurity, promotes healthy pregnancies

TACOMA, WA - Each year nearly 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the nation, and 5,800 die from complications of prematurity. It is the number one killer of newborns, according to the March of Dimes...
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November 14, 2012
TPCHD says ‘Be a quitter’ for the Great American Smokeout

TACOMA, WA - The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants smokers in Pierce County to go smoke free during the American Cancer Society’s 37th Great American Smokeout Nov. 15. “Tobacco use is the leading cause...
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November 1, 2012
Flu season and you: Avoid getting sick with the flu shot

TACOMA, WA - Why should the flu matter to you? Influenza is an important public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, the flu causes between 3,000 and 50,000...
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October 29, 2012
Tacoma Housing Authority Board Votes to Adopt Smoke-Free Housing Policy

Tacoma, Wash. - In an effort to provide healthier housing for its residents and a healthier work place for its employees, the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) board recently voted to prohibit smoking in all of...
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October 25, 2012
Health Department seeks public comment on BioFuels permit

TACOMA, WA-- \"Have something to say about a proposed renewable energy plant in Pierce County? You have the opportunity to comment to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department on a proposed permit that would allow BioFuels...
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October 15, 2012
TPCHD seeks injunction against Night Owl hookah lounge

TACOMA, WA  - The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department filed papers in Pierce County Superior Court today seeking an injunction against the Night Owl Lounge to stop the smoking of tobacco products in its lounge...
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October 12, 2012
Proposed 2013 Fee Schedule

TPCHD seeks public comment on 2013 proposed fee schedule TACOMA, Wash. -- The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has posted the Proposed 2013 Fee Schedule for public review here. The fee schedule outlines all...
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October 9, 2012
No cases of meningitis linked to steroid shots reported here

Currently there’s a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis that’s linked to a specific type of injected steroid. There are no cases of this type of illness in our state. For frequently updated information from...
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September 14, 2012
More Pierce County Beaches Closed Due To Paralytic Shellfish Poison

Tacoma-Pierce County WA -  September 14, 2012 - Unusually high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) toxins were found in Commencement Bay shellfish. Toxin levels have been increasing since last reports in August, and more...
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September 12, 2012
Local Hookah Lounge Agrees to Eliminate Tobacco Use

Tacoma, WA - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reached a settlement with the owners of the Venus and Mars hookah lounge in Tacoma to stop the smoking of tobacco products in their lounge. The Health Department...
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August 15, 2012
Hot Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service has announced an excessive heat watch for this Thursday and Friday, with temperatures that will rise into the low to mid 90s. When outside temperatures are very high, the danger for...
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August 2, 2012
School starts soon: get your kids ready to pass their classes, not disease

Make sure children are up-to-date on whooping cough, other vaccines OLYMPIA - Now’s the time to make sure children are protected from diseases before they start school. All vaccines required to enroll in school...
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July 25, 2012
Paralytic Shellfish Poison Closes Beaches in Pierce County

TACOMA, Wash., July 25, 2012 Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) has been detected at unsafe levels in shellfish samples collected from the Day Island, Point Defiance, Wollochet Bay, and Hale Passage areas...
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July 20, 2012
Whooping Cough Continues

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention\'s (CDC) weekly publication (MMWR) featured an article on the pertussis epidemic in Washington State. Here at the Health Department, we are monitoring and responding to this epidemic...
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July 10, 2012
Pierce County awarded nearly $146,000 for local home nurse-visiting program

TACOMA, WA - More than twenty-five families in Pierce County will now get the support they need to give their children a great start in life thanks to a recent round of awards from the...
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June 20, 2012
Free Family Fun Nights at the Nature Center

Environmental educators from the City of Tacoma and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will lead families through hands-on learning during two “Family Fun Nights” this summer. Family Fun Nights are designed for...
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June 14, 2012
Proposed 2012 Fee Schedule Amendment

Public invited to comment at meeting on June 22 TACOMA, Wash., June 14, 2012 -- The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has posted...
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April 9, 2012
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Celebrates National Public Health Week

Since 1995, the first full week of April has been recognized as National Public Health Week (NPHW), and communities across the United States observe NPHW as a time to recognize the contributions of public health...
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April 3, 2012
Whooping cough cases reach epidemic levels in much of Washington

All teens and adults need a whooping cough booster OLYMPIA Today Secretary of Health Mary Selecky announced that whooping cough disease has reached epidemic levels in Washington. So far in 2012, 640 cases have...
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January 20, 2012
Health Department open at 10 am

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will open at 10 am today...
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January 20, 2012
Important Information to Keep You Healthy During a Power Outage

Power Outage Information Tacoma-Pierce County WA ��\" Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department cautions that power outages may result in significant health hazards. By taking some simple precautions, Pierce County residents can avoid...
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January 19, 2012
Health Department CLOSED

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is CLOSED on Thursday January 19, 2012 due to inclement weather and hazardous driving conditions. ...
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January 10, 2012
Health Department and Rental Community Advocate for Smoke-Free Housing

Partnering with the rental community, smoke-free housing provides health benefits to residents and landlords alike TACOMA, Wash. -- The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department today launched an initiative to promote...
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November 30, 2011
National Tobacco Expert to Speak in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash., November 29, 2011   The Tobacco-Free Alliance of Pierce County, a coalition supported by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, will host Dr. Jeffrey Wigand at its annual summit on December 2. Wigand, a national...
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November 22, 2011
Prevent and Respond to Flooding

Be prepared to deal with flooding in your area by following these suggestions before the storm hits, once flooding has occurred and after the waters recede. Before the storm Prevent flooding problems...
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October 26, 2011
Medical, Cash and Food Benefit Enrollment Event Coming to Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Pierce County residents can access free or reduced cost healthcare and food benefits TACOMA, Wash., October 25, 2011  The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is hosting...
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October 14, 2011
Proposed 2012 Fee Schedule

Public invited to comment at meeting on October 20 TACOMA, Wash., October 14, 2011 -- The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has posted the Proposed 2012...
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September 27, 2011
Health Department Awarded Grant to Fight Chronic Disease in Pierce County

Affordable Care Act to improve health in states and communities, which can control health care spending TACOMA, Wash., September 27, 2011 - Today, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department was awarded a grant of...
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August 10, 2011
Waughop Lake Closes Due to Toxic Algae

Toxin levels could pose risk to animals and humans   The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department today issued a Closed Advisory for Waughop Lake in Fort Steilacoom...
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August 4, 2011
Pertussis cases in Pierce County increase significantly in July

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recommends immunizations for all and vigilance with ongoing coughs. TACOMA, Wash., August 4, 2011 -  The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has seen a sharp rise in pertussis (whooping...
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June 1, 2011
Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health Passes Tobacco Regulations

Significant community input taken into consideration as Board of Health acts to protect the health of Pierce County by regulating the use of e-cigarettes in public places...
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May 25, 2011
Update on Proposed Tobacco Regulations

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s mission is to safeguard and enhance the health of the communities of Pierce County. As part of its mission, the Health Department tackles emerging health risks through...
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May 13, 2011
Pierce County moms celebrate Mother’s Day

Pierce County TV featured moms from the Phoebe House on May 5 in honor of Mother’s Day. These moms have completed the Promoting First Relationships program with caseworker Bob Penton. Formerly battling drug addictions that...
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May 4, 2011
The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Proposes New Regulations Related to Tobacco Prevention and Control

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is tasked with safeguarding and enhancing the health of the communities of Pierce County. As part of its mission, the Health Department tackles emerging health risks through policy, programs and...
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April 27, 2011
2010 Smile Survey Featured on KING 5 News

On April 27, 2011, KING 5 News featured the results of the 2010 Smile Survey and interviewed our ABCD Champion Dr. Lisa Block. [Video will air after the commercial.]...
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April 19, 2011
Free Health Clinic for the Uninsured

Date:    Saturday, April 30, 2011 Time:   10:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm Place:  Tacoma Dome, 2727 East D Street Attendees will see a doctor or nurse practitioner and will receive information on additional medical resources...
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April 14, 2011
2010 Smile Survey Measures Children's Oral Health in Pierce County

Today the Washington State Department of Health issued a press release announcing the results of the 2010 Smile Survey. Taken every five years, the Smile Survey monitors the current state of children’s oral health. Concurrently...
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April 13, 2011
Got Drugs? National Take Back Initiative

Find a collection site near you This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health...
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March 31, 2011
Prevent and Respond to Flooding

Be prepared to deal with flooding in your area by following these suggestions before the storm hits, once flooding has occurred and after the waters recede. Before...
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March 25, 2011
Vounteer staff needed for free health clinic on April 30, 2011

Washington C.A.R.E. free health clinic at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Volunteers, both medical and non-medical, are needed to take part in this free health event. For more information...
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February 4, 2011
Wood Smoke Reduction Program

Wood smoke is one of the main sources of pollution in Washington. It poses a health risk to everyone - even those who don\'t burn wood. Due...
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February 3, 2011
Health Department Closure February 18 - 21, 2011

Tacoma-Pierce County WA -  Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be closed on Friday, February 18, 2011, as part of planned furlough days when the agency closes and staff take...
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January 27, 2011
Triad Group's Alcohol Prep Products Recall

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has become aware of a United States market recall of all lots of alcohol prep pads, swabs and swabsticks manufactured by the Triad Group and marketed under various brand names. The Triad Group...
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January 20, 2011
February is National Children's Dental Health Month

Although we focus our attention on the children this month, let us also focus on everyone to be aware of our dental health. Take the time to look at your own teeth, \'check your smile\'...
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January 20, 2011
Scam Impacts Local Restaurant Owners

Tacoma-Pierce County, WA ? Operators of some restaurants in Pierce County have received threatening telephone calls from a person falsely claiming to represent Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The Health Department is responsible for health and...
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January 4, 2011
Burn bans lifted for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish Counties

The Stage 2 burn ban for Pierce and Snohomish Counties and the Stage 1 burn ban for King and Kitsap Counties issued on January 1 are lifted, effective at 5:00 p.m. today, January 4, 2011...
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January 3, 2011
Online Food Card Classes Now Offered By Health Department

Tacoma-Pierce County WA, 1/03/2011- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department now offers the option of getting a food worker card online, as well as in person. Food workers are required by the state to take a test...
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January 1, 2011
Burn Bans: Stage 1: King & Kitsap Counties; Stage 2: Pierce & Snohomish Counties

Message from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Stage 1 burn ban called for King and Kitsap Counties, Stage 2 burn ban called for Pierce and Snohomish Counties...
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December 28, 2010
Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Pierce County, Washington (Pierce County News Release) - Make a New Year\'s resolution for the environment to recycle your Christmas tree. Pierce County residents can recycle their tree through services coordinated by the Public Works...
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December 22, 2010
State proposes gypsy moth eradication treatment at South Hill Mall in Puyallup

OLYMPIA ? The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced today a proposal to treat a 29-acre site at the South Hill Mall in Puyallup next spring to eliminate an invasive introduction of the destructive...
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December 20, 2010
Health Department will be Closed December 23, 24 and 31, 2010

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be closed on Thursday, December 23 and Friday, December 24, 2010 in honor of the Christmas holiday. The agency will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 27...
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December 14, 2010
Pertussis in Tacoma

Tacoma-Pierce County WA - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has received confirmation of Whooping Cough in six students in Tacoma Schools and is currently investigating several additional suspect cases. Whooping Cough, known by medical providers as...
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December 10, 2010
Prevent and Respond to Flooding

Tacoma - The National Weather Service has released warnings of potential flooding during the weekend of December 11 ? 13, 2010. Be prepared to deal with flooding in your area by following these suggests for...
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December 9, 2010
Board of Health Meets Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 15, 2010. The meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be held in the Department\'s auditorium, at 3629...
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December 9, 2010
New Campaign for Flu Vaccine

OLYMPIA (Washington State Department of Health News Release) - The state\'s new flu education campaign starts this week to remind people of the importance of getting vaccinated against the flu. The ads take a lighter approach to promote...
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December 3, 2010
Health Department Closed December 6

Tacoma-Pierce County WA -  Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be closed on Monday, December 6, 2010, as part of planned furlough days when the agency closes and staff take leave without pay. A budget shortfall...
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December 1, 2010
New Approach to HIV/AIDS in Washington

OLYMPIA (Washington State Department of Health News Release) - A new state strategy to reduce HIV infections focuses state resources in communities with the most new cases while streamlining the system to save money. The new...
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November 24, 2010
Health Department Open Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2010. Due to inclement weather and difficulty negotiating roads, the department was closed on Tuesday...
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November 24, 2010
West Nile Virus Confirmed in Two Washington Residents

OLYMPIA (Washington State Department of Health News Release) - Two human cases of West Nile virus infection have been reported for the 2010 season. A Grant County resident likely acquired the illness in the state and a...
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November 24, 2010
Health Department Closed November 25 and 26, 2010

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, 2010, in observance of Thanksgiving. The agency will reopen on Monday, November 29, 2010, at 8:00 a.m...
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November 23, 2010
Health Department Closed Due to Weather

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is closed on Tuesday, November 23, 2010, because of ice-covered roads and other weather-related problems. The department plans to re-open on Wednesday, November 24, at 8:00 a.m. The department...
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November 22, 2010
Keep Thanksgiving Foods Safe - Protect Your Family

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2006 (USDA News Release) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture\'s Food Safety and Inspection Service is providing consumers with key recommendations they can use to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness...
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November 22, 2010
Health Department Closes at 2:00 p.m. Today

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will close today, November 22, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., due to dangerous winter weather. Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy also announced that the county\'s offices are also closed...
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November 17, 2010
Thousands of lives saved due to Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

OLYMPIA (Washington State Department of Health News Release) - New research reports that the state\'s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program is directly responsible for fewer people in Washington suffering and dying from tobacco-related heart attacks, strokes...
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November 16, 2010
After a Power Outage: If in Doubt, Throw it Out

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recommends the following for preventing foodborne illnesses. Take care of your health by discarding foods that could spoil after a power outage: Discard any perishable foods...
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November 16, 2010
Use Generators Correctly to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recommends that you use generators correctly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning: Generators used correctly can provide power to your home or business. Used incorrectly, carbon monoxide shed by a generator can...
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November 16, 2010
Red Cross Urges Preparedness

SEATTLE, November 16, 2010 (American Red Cross News Release) ? With last night\'s wind storm that caused major power outages and the 4.2 earthquake that rattled the south Puget Sound area, the American Red Cross reminds...
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November 16, 2010
Try it: Great American Smokeout

Tacoma-Pierce County WA | 11/10/2010 | ? The 35th annual Great American Smokeout will take place on Thursday, November 18, 2010. The purpose of the event: to challenge smokers to go smoke-free for twenty-four hours...
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November 16, 2010
Report Wind Damage to Pierce County Department of Emergency Management

Tacoma (Pierce County Department of Emergency Management News Release) - The Pierce County Emergency Operations Center is collecting damage information from homeowners and business owners affected by last night\'s windstorm. Residents and business owners in...
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November 15, 2010
Eat at Joeseppi's November 17, 2010 to Support Breast Cancer

Tacoma - On November 17, 2010, from 4:00-8:00PM, the Breast Cancer Resource Center will be hosting a Restaurant Takeover at Joeseppi\'s Italian Ristorante at N 21st & Pearl St in Tacoma. Joeseppi\'s is owned by Joe...
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November 15, 2010
During the Holidays, Learn Your Family's Health History

Olympia (Washington State Department of Health News Release) - While you\'re visiting with family this holiday season, remember to ask relatives about their health history. You\'ll likely find you share more than eye color and...
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October 27, 2010
Make Halloween a Safe Holiday

OLYMPIA (Department of Health news release) - Fright is part of the Halloween experience, but the holiday\'s a lot more fun for everyone if the only scares come from imaginary ghosts and goblins. A few...
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October 27, 2010
Board of Health Meets November 3, 2010

Tacoma - The Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health will hold their regularly monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. at the Health Department, 3629 South D Street, Tacoma. The public...
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October 22, 2010
High Winds and Rain Predicted for Weekend

Tacoma (City of Tacoma News Release) - Word has it that Mother Nature is revving up for a wet and wild fall and winter. This weekend\'s forecast predicts up to 2 inches of rain and...
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October 20, 2010
Healthy Youth Survey Being Conducted This Week

OLYMPIA (Washington State Department of Health News Release) - This week (October 18 - 25, 2010), thousands of Washington students are providing a glimpse into what they eat, how they exercise, whether they use alcohol...
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October 15, 2010
Exercise Tested Preparedness of Health Department and Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers

Tacoma-Pierce County WA | October 15, 2010 | In a drill to test their response to a disease outbreak, volunteers of the Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) dispensed candy packets to community volunteers at...
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October 14, 2010
New Fee Schedule Proposed for 2011

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has posted the proposed fee schedule for 2011. This lists all fees charged for services provided. View the proposed schedule by clicking here. The...
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October 13, 2010
Prevent street flooding: Pick up fall leaves before the weather gets wet

Tacoma (City of Tacoma news release) - When leaves and debris pile up in the street, storm drains can clog and cause streets and homes to flood. Help prevent flooding problems in your neighborhood by...
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October 12, 2010
Volunteer at Emergency Preparedness Drill Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is looking for volunteers for an exercise on Thursday, October 14, 2010, at the Tacoma Dome. The exercise will test the department\'s ability to distribute medication to all county...
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October 12, 2010
Mushroom Poisoning Reported in King County

KING COUNTY, WA (Public Health Seattle & King County news release) - Local health officials are warning people foraging for mushrooms to exercise caution after a case of poisoning from the Amanita phalloides species of...
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October 8, 2010
Flu Vaccine Available Across the State

OLYMPIA (Washington State Department of Health News Release) - Flu vaccine arrived in our state earlier this year than ever before and more is expected to be available this season than in the past. This...
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October 7, 2010
Wood Smoke Reduction Program Launched Today

TACOMA, WA (October 7, 2010) ? Residents in portions of Tacoma and Pierce County could be eligible for up to $8,000 in incentives and rebates to upgrade to energy-efficient heating devices and weatherize their homes...
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October 6, 2010
Rabies: Awareness is Part of the Defense

OLYMPIA (Washington State Department of Health News Release) - The word \"rabies\" gets people\'s attention right away, and with good reason. It\'s among the oldest and deadliest infectious diseases on record. It\'s preventable, but rabies...
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October 4, 2010
American Red Cross Urges Safety Action During National Fire Prevention Week

WASHINGTON, Monday, October 04, 2010 ? (American Red Cross News Release) During National Fire Prevention Week the American Red Cross is urging everyone to help save lives by making sure their home is protected by...
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September 29, 2010
Board of Health Meets Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health will meet on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, for their regular monthly meeting. The public is invited to attend. The meeting starts at 3:00 p.m., at the Health Department...
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September 28, 2010
Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?  Can I get a disease from bed bugs?  How do I prevent bed bugs from entering my home?  Click here for this information and more at the Washington State Department...
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September 23, 2010
Protect the Public: Drop off Unused Medicines

Tacoma -- The Pierce County Sheriff\'s Department will participate in a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to encourage people to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from medicine cabinets. Collection...
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September 23, 2010
Similac Formula Recalled

OLYMPIA (Department of Health News Release) -- A nationwide recall of certain Similac-brand powder infant formulas will have a big impact in our state. The product is the main baby formula offered to non-breastfed babies...
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September 21, 2010
National Drug Take-Back Day September 25, 2010

OLYMPIA (Attorney General\'s News Release) ? Prescription painkillers ? often stolen and abused ? are helping fuel an overdose epidemic in Washington state. Drug overdoses now kill more Washington residents than car accidents. Because of...
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September 20, 2010
CPR Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tacoma - Pierce County Emergency Management is teaming up with the Tacoma Fire Department and other community partners to sponsor CPR Sunday this year. This annual community event is offered free-of-charge to anyone who is interested...
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September 16, 2010
Who depends on you? Fair to help you prepare for an emergency

(Pierce County Department of Emergency Management press release) - \"Who depends on you?\" is a question emergency management officials want you to think about as you are preparing for the upcoming winter storm season. To...
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September 16, 2010
Immunization rates in Washington hold steady

OLYMPIA (Washington State Department of Health news release) ? After increasing slightly last year, childhood immunization rates in Washington remained steady according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Immunization Survey. These...
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September 15, 2010
Health officials urge pertussis vaccination for adults and teens to protect infants

OLYMPIA (Washington State Department of Health News Release) - While Washington\'s overall number of reported whooping cough (pertussis) cases remains even with last year, we\'re seeing more activity in the past few months. Most concerning is...
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September 2, 2010
Health Department Closed September 6th and 7th

Tacoma-Pierce County, WA ? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2010, to honor Labor Day. Then, the department will also be closed on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, as part of...
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September 1, 2010
Hearing Planned for Proposal Rule Changes for Licensed Nurses

OLYMPIA - New draft rules aimed at promoting patient safety by requiring nurses to show continuing competence and education are the subject of a public hearing to gather comments. The state nursing commission says the...
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August 25, 2010
Update on Egg Recall

The Wright County Egg Company has expanded its initial list of recalled eggs. The eggs have been recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, a bacteria which can cause fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps...
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August 25, 2010
Time for Back to School Immunizations

Don\'t delay getting your child immunized. Immunizations against childhood illnesses are the best way to protect your family and other children from getting sick. Lines are longer during the week before school starts so take...
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August 24, 2010
Board of Health Meets Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health meets Wednesday, September 1, 2010, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the health department auditorium, 3629 South D Street, Tacoma. The public is welcome to attend the meeting...
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August 19, 2010
Adult Smoking Rate in Washington Third Lowest in Nation

OLYMPIA? New survey results show Washington\'s adult smoking rate has dropped to a new low of 14.8 percent. That\'s down from 15.3 percent the previous year. Washington now has the third lowest smoking rate in...
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August 18, 2010
Mamey Pulp Recalled Due to Potential Salmonella

August 11, 2010 - Goya Foods, Inc. of Secaucus, NJ, is recalling its 14 ounce packages of Frozen Mamey Pulp, due to a potential health risk from Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to date...
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August 18, 2010
Eggs Recalled Because of Link to Salmonella Outbreak

Galt, IA ( August 13, 2010) The following statement was released by officials of Wright County Egg regarding the US Food and Drug Administration\'s (FDA) on-farm records review and egg testing for Salmonella. \"Wright...
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August 18, 2010
Mr. Magic Male Enhancer Recalled

August 18, 2010 - Glow Industries, Inc., Perrysburg, OH, announced today that it is initiating a voluntary nationwide recall of the company\'s product sold under the name of Mr. Magic Male Enhancer from Don Wands...
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August 17, 2010
Pet Food Recalled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 16, 2010 - Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is recalling all lots of its 10 oz \"Beef Filet Squares\" for Dogs and \"Texas Hold\'ems\" pet treats because they...
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August 13, 2010
Paralytic Shellfish Poison Causes Closure of Pierce County Beaches

Tacoma-Pierce County WA ? Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) has been detected at levels of concern in shellfish samples collected from Day Island and Penrose Point in Pierce County. As a result, the Washington State Department...
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August 13, 2010
Department Closed Monday, August 16, 2010

Tacoma-Pierce County WA - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be closed on Monday, August 16, 2010, as part of planned furlough days when the agency closes and staff take leave without pay. A budget shortfall...
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August 13, 2010
Pierce County Offers Places to Cool Off

Pierce County, WA - Due to the region\'s anticipated heat, Pierce County libraries and other facilities are inviting people to stop by and cool off. With temperatures expected to exceed 90 degrees this weekend, these...
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August 11, 2010
Extra Food Card Classes Added

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has added another food card class, Wednesday nights in August and September. The first new class will be held Wednesday, August 11, 2010, starting at 6:00 p.m. All...
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August 10, 2010
World Health Organization Declares H1N1 Pandemic Over

Hong Kong - The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, declared that the H1N1 pandemic is now officially over. Speaking from Hong Kong stated: \"We are now moving into the post-pandemic period. The...
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August 9, 2010
State Health Department Sets Up Webpage for Medical Errors

OLYMPIA - Information on adverse events and medical errors in Washington hospitals and facilities is now online. A new Department of Health website has information for consumers and health care providers on medical errors and...
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August 5, 2010
US Food and Drug Administration Approves Flu Vaccine

Maryland - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced July 30, 2010 that it has approved vaccines for the 2010-2011 influenza season in the United States. Seasonal influenza vaccine protects against three strains of...
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August 2, 2010
Mr. Yuk Contest

The Washington Poison Center has announced their Mr. Yuk Poster Contest for 2011 will be \"Mr. Yuk Rules.\" The winning poster will be part of the 2011 Poison Prevention Week campaign, celebrated across Washington State...
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August 2, 2010
State Department of Health Closes Two Oyster Beds

OLYMPIA - Several cases of illness from eating raw oysters and lab detection of bacteria that can make people sick has led state health officials to close two Hood Canal growing areas. Lab tests in...
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July 30, 2010
Board of Health Meets Wednesday, August 4

Tacoma-The Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health will meet Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at 3:00 p.m., and the Health Department, 3629 South D Street, Tacoma. The public is welcome to attend. The meeting agenda includes:...
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July 21, 2010
TV Tacoma's CityLine Focuses on Public Health Issues

Tacoma - TV Tacoma\'s CityLine program on July 15, 2010, featured four public health issues, with staff from Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department interviewed in three of the segments. Host Amanda Westbrooke asked health...
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July 13, 2010
QFC Recalls Broccoli Raisin Salad for Because Walnuts Not Listed

SEATTLE, July 10, 2010 ‐ Quality Food Center (QFC) stores said today it is recalling select containers of Broccoli Raisin Salad because they may contain walnuts not listed on the label. Customers should return...
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July 9, 2010
Cook Oysters Thoroughly

OLYMPIA (Department of Health) - Hot summer weather has finally arrived, just in time for some very low minus tides that will draw many people to Puget Sound beaches to harvest oysters. However, oysters harvested...
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July 9, 2010
July 22 Disaster Summit Aimed at Helping Vulnerable Population

Coordinated efforts to plan for Pierce County\'s vulnerable populations during disasters will continue at the fourth High Risk Populations Disaster Planning Summit Thursday, July 22. The event will be held at the Oasis of Hope...
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July 9, 2010
Ready Pac Recalls Spinach

July 07, 2010 ? Ready Pac Foods, Inc. Irwindale, CA is recalling 702 cases of the Baby Spinach variety of Spinach Temptations 6 oz. bagged salads with Useby Dates of July 4 with Product Code...
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July 8, 2010
Whooping Cough Cases Increase in Pierce County

Tacoma-Pierce County WA | July 8, 2010 | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has received reports of Whooping Cough, known by medical providers as pertussis, in Pierce County. While the overall numbers for 2010 are lower...
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July 8, 2010
Those with Lung/Heart Disease at Risk from Air Pollution

OLYMPIA (Washington State Department of Health) - Nearly everyone likes to spend time outdoors on warm sunny days, but poor air quality can harm people with heart and lung disease. Now, stronger evidence indicates just...
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July 8, 2010
Swimming Ban Lifted at Purdy Sandspit

Tacoma-Pierce County WA | July 8, 2010 | The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has lifted the \"no swimming\" advisory for the Purdy Sandspit. Water quality conditions are again safe for swimming and other water recreation...
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July 6, 2010
Five in Pierce County Injured by Bee Stings

Tacoma-Pierce County WA | July 6, 2010 | ? Five people were taken to a Pierce County hospital as a result of being stung by bees or wasps during the past week. All five...
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July 6, 2010
Prevent Heat-Related Illness

(OLYMPIA) | July 6, 2010 | The Puget Sound area will experience higher than normal temperatures for the remainder of the week. Protect yourself and your loved ones from heat-related illness. Exposure to excessive heat...
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July 1, 2010
Health Department Closed July 2 and 5

Tacoma-Pierce County ? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be closed on Friday, July 2, 2010, as part of planned furlough days when the agency closes and staff take leave without pay. A budget shortfall resulted...
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July 1, 2010
Board of Health Meets Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tacoma - The Tacoma-Pierce County  Board of Health will meet on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, from 3:00 - 5:00 PM, at the Health Department\'s auditorium at 3629 South D Street, Tacoma. TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF...
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June 21, 2010
Take Actions, Dads, To Improve Your Health

OLYMPIA -- We\'ve all heard the stereotype of a man who never goes to the doctor. That may be a factor in women outliving men. The state Department of Health urges men to get a...
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June 17, 2010
Health Department Closed June 18, 2010

Tacoma-Pierce County, WA ? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be closed on Friday, June 18, 2010, as part of planned furlough days when the agency closes and staff take leave without pay. A budget shortfall...
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June 15, 2010
No ties on Father?s Day. Just a thanks to Dad for calling the Poison Center

Seattle, Washington - It\'s a good thing Mr. Yuk is around when trouble finds its way into the home of an unsuspecting dad. Luckily for thousands of dads that have needed help, the Poison Information...
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June 15, 2010
What's in Your Garbage?

Pierce County, WA -If you\'re curious about what you and your neighbors throw in the trash, here\'s your chance to find out. Join the Pierce County Solid Waste Advisory Committee on June 16 at 6:30...
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June 15, 2010
Bottled Water Taxed Starting June 1, 2010

Olympia - The Washington Legislature passed a law this spring that temporarily extends the sales tax to retail sales of bottled water, while providing limited exemptions.Purchases of bottled water are subject to sales or use...
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June 3, 2010
Chlamydia Prevention PSA Contest Winners Announced

| TACOMA | June 3, 2010| Six students from Emerald Ridge High School (Jesse, Michael, Nick, Reese, Sierra, and Stephanie) submitted Chlamydia Prevention, the winning public service announcement (PSA) video. Students...
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June 1, 2010
Health Department Releases Report on Oral Health Program

Tacoma-Pierce County, WA ? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has released an initial report on their work to reduce cavities in Pierce County children. The report shows that attempting to prevent tooth decay by applying fluoride...
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May 27, 2010
Board of Health meets Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tacoma - The Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health will meet on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. This is an open meeting and the public is welcome to attend. The meeting will begin at 3:00 pm at...
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May 27, 2010
Health Department Closed May 28th

Tacoma-Pierce County, WA ? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be closed on Friday, May 28, 2010, as part of planned furlough days when the agency closes and staff take leave without pay. A budget shortfall...
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May 27, 2010
E Coli Cases Related to Drinking Raw Milk

OLYMPIA - Two recent infections with toxin-producing E. coli (E. coli O157) have been identified in Washington residents who drank raw, unpasteurized milk. The two cases confirmed this month bring the count of infections this...
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May 21, 2010
Smoking inside Washington homes declines by more than 60 percent since 2000

OLYMPIA - New research released today by the Washington State Department of Health shows the number of people smoking inside homes in our state has declined by 61 percent since 2000. The drop is more...
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May 4, 2010
Fines Waived in May for Late Pet Licensing

Pierce County - Has your pet\'s license expired? May is Pet License Amnesty Month, which means residents in the towns of Wilkeson, South Prairie, Carbonado and in unincorporated Pierce County can license their pets without...
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May 3, 2010
Plans Released to Improve Health Through Exercise

OLYMPIA - Washington\'s Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan has a federal partner with today\'s release of the nation\'s first Physical Activity Plan. The plans take a policy approach to improving people\'s health. The national plan...
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May 3, 2010
Recall of Children/Infant Liguid Medications

The following news release is from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). April 30, 2010 ? Fort Washington, PA. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., in consultation with the U.S. Food and...
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April 28, 2010
Board of Health Meets May 5, 2010

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health meets Wednesday, May 5, 2010, starting at 3:00 pm at the Health Department. The public is invited to attend. REGULAR MEETING AGENDA Wednesday ? May 5, 2010...
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April 28, 2010
Reducing the Number of People Infected with Chlamydia

Tacoma-Pierce County ? Efforts to reduce levels of Chlamydia by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department staff has begun to pay off. For the second year in a row, the percent of people testing positive declined. However...
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April 20, 2010
Restaurant Patrons Order Healthier When Nutritional Info Is Displayed

Tacoma-Pierce County, WA ? Results of a study conducted by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department show that when nutritional information is provided on restaurant menus, some restaurant patrons make healthier food choices. The study was...
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April 6, 2010
Health Department Closed April 12, 2010

Tacoma-Pierce County, WA ? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be closed on Monday, April 12, 2010, as part of planned furlough days when the agency closes and staff take leave without pay. A budget shortfall...
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April 6, 2010
Del Bueno Cheese Recalled Because of Health Risk

Del Bueno of Grandview, WA is recalling all size packages of Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal...
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April 5, 2010
Board of Health Meets April 7, 2010

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health meets this Wednesday, April 7, from 3:00 - 5:00 PM at the health department, 3629 South D Street, Tacoma. The public is invited to attend. Here\'s...
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March 31, 2010
Pierce County Environmental Health Trends Discussed

Tacoma - The first lecture in the spring Environmental Science Seminar series at the University of Washington Tacoma will feature an examination of environmental health trends revealed by data in the recently released Pierce County...
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March 31, 2010
Get Tested for STDs in April, 2010

Tacoma - You could have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) and not know it. STDs often have no symptoms, so many people who are infected don\'t know it and give the disease to someone else...
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March 31, 2010
Take Care to Make Sure Easter Food is Safe

OLYMPIA -- The makings of an egg-cellent Easter feast are just a few simple things Mom always taught you ? starting with the basic rule ? wash your hands. This may be the most popular...
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March 29, 2010
Final H1N1 Vaccination Clinic March 31

CONTACT: Joby Winans, (253) 798-2853, jwinans@tpchd.org Final H1N1 Vaccination Clinic March 31 On Wednesday, March 31, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will offer its final H1N1 vaccine clinic. H1N1 vaccination is...
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March 25, 2010
Important Protection: Children Should Receive Second H1N1 Dose

Tacoma - Children six months to 10 years of age need two doses of H1N1 vaccine! If your child has received one dose, but hasn\'t received the second, now is the time. The second dose...
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March 1, 2010
Board of Health Meets March 3

Tacoma, WA. Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health meets Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at 3:00 PM, at the health department. The public is welcome to attend. See the agenda, below...
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February 24, 2010
Wood Smoke Reduction Program

Pierce County and the City of Tacoma have recently been awarded federal stimulus funds through the US Department of Energy to increase the energy efficiency of homes, protect our local air quality, reduce...
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February 5, 2010
Board of Health Elects New Leadership

Tacoma-Pierce County WA ? At its regular monthly meeting on February 3, 2010, Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health elected its leadership for 2010. Dick Muri was elected the board\'s new chair, with Marilyn Strickland as...
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February 2, 2010
Board of Health to Meet Wednesday, February 3, 2010

TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH REGULAR MEETING AGENDA Wednesday ? February 3, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. ? 5:00 p.m. LOCATION Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Auditorium 3629 South \"D\" Street, Tacoma, WA 98418-6813 (Corner of 37th...
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February 2, 2010
Make Sure Your Super Bowl Party Food is Healthy

OLYMPIA - Food is almost as important to your guests as the game when you host a Super Bowl party. While most people aren\'t watching their waistlines on Super Sunday, healthy food options and safe...
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January 28, 2010
Expansion of Flu Clinics Make H1N1 Vaccination More Accessible

In an effort to get more Pierce County residents vaccinated against the H1N1 (Swine Flu) influenza, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is expanding the number of H1N1 clinics offered at the Health Department and within the...
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January 12, 2010
Free H1N1 flu vaccinations offered

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department\'s series of free H1N1 vaccination clinics will continue Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the department\'s main building, 3629 S. D St., Tacoma...
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January 11, 2010
Health Department Furlough Days Mean Limited Schedule for Treatment Services

Tacoma-Pierce County, WA ? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be closed on Friday, January 15, 2010, as part of planned furlough days when the agency closes and staff take leave without pay. A...
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January 8, 2010
As Swine Flu Wanes, Don't Be Fooled

By Steven Reinberg THURSDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Although only four states are now reporting widespread H1N1 swine flu activity, U.S. health officials caution that a new outbreak is possible. People should get...
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January 5, 2010
H1N1 Flu Claims 12th Local Victim

A Pierce County man\'s death Dec. 31 has been confirmed as resulting from H1N1 flu, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced today. The man, who was in his 20s, had underlying health...
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December 30, 2009
Health Department Closed January 4 for First Furlough Day of 2010

Tacoma-Pierce County, WA ? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be closed on Monday, January 4, 2010, the first of thirteen planned \"furlough days.\" On a furlough day, the agency closes and staff take leave without...
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December 30, 2009
Board of Health Meets Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tacoma - The public is invited to attend the January 6, 2010, meeting of the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health. REGULAR MEETING AGENDA Wednesday ? January 6, 2010 3:00 p.m. ...
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December 30, 2009
Burn Ban Lifted

Tacoma - Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifted the ban on burning in Pierce County, effective at noon today (December 30, 2009). The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency appreciates the public\'s cooperation with the burn...
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December 29, 2009
Tylenol Recalls Arthritis Pain Caplets

| TACOMA | December 29, 2009 |  A nationwide recall has been issued on all available lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain 100 Count with the Red EZ-Open Cap. The following information has been supplied...
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December 28, 2009
248,000 Pounds of Beef Recalled

| WASHINGTON | December 24, 2009 | The Oklahoma-based company, National Steak and Poultry is recalling approximately 248,000 pounds of beef products. The recalled products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The U.S...
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December 28, 2009
Pierce County H1N1 flu vaccine distribution tops 238,000 in 2009

More than 238,000 H1N1 flu doses were distributed for vaccination during 2009 in response to the swine flu outbreak that started last spring. Director of Health Dr. Anthony Chen said...
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December 24, 2009
Put Good Health on the Wishlist

Your health is very important. With so many things to worry about today it\'s very easy to lose sight of just how important it is. We all have needs and responsibilities that must...
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December 24, 2009
Still Effective: Stage 2 Burn Ban for Pierce County

| TACOMA | December 29, 2009 | The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Stage 2 burn ban for Pierce County is still in effect. A Stage 1 burn ban for Pierce County was issued on December...
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December 23, 2009
1,200 Unsafe Drivers Intercepted in 3 Weeks

| Pierce County Government | December 23, 2009  Officers from 17 Pierce County law enforcement agencies have intercepted nearly 1,200 unsafe drivers during the first three weeks of the countywide Home for Holidays traffic safety...
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December 21, 2009
What's the Big Deal About Getting an H1N1 Flu Shot?

This year \"Tis the Season\" has another important meaning. The approaching holidays happen to be situated in what many health officials say is the lull between the second and third H1N1 swine flu surges. So...
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December 21, 2009
Whole Foods Market Recalls Hazelnuts

Tacoma - Whole Foods Market has announced a recall of batches of raw hazelnuts, also known as filberts, which were sold in bulk in several stores, including Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, and...
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December 18, 2009
Woman?s Death Attributed to H1N1 Flu

The cause of death of an elderly Pierce County woman earlier this month has been confirmed as H1N1 flu, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced today.  ...
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December 14, 2009
Stage 2 Burn Ban Lifted for Pierce and Other Counties

| TACOMA | December 13, 2009 | The Stage 2 burn ban issued on December 8 for Snohomish County and December 9 for King, Kitsap and Pierce counties is lifted, effective at 10:00 a.m., December...
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December 14, 2009
Free swine flu vaccinations offered

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will hold the second in a series of swine flu clinics that provide an opportunity for local children and adults to receive vaccinations free of charge. The Multicare and Franciscan...
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December 11, 2009
Stage 2 Burn Ban Remains In Effect

| TACOMA | December 11, 2009 |  Due to continuing stagnant weather conditions and elevated air pollution levels, the Stage 2 burn ban called by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for King, Kitsap, Pierce...
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December 10, 2009
H1N1 Vaccine Distribution Expanding to All

Anyone who wants a swine flu vaccination can get it effective Saturday, December 12. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, in concert with other county health departments in Washington, today announced that vaccine distribution is being...
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December 10, 2009
Regence Gift to Health Department Helps Uninsured During Economic Downturn

TACOMA - Regence BlueShield made a $45,000 grant to Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department\'s Access to Care program for its efforts to connect uninsured families to health insurance in today\'s difficult economy. The program works to...
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December 9, 2009
Stage 2 Burn Ban Issued

| TACOMA | December 9, 2009 |  Stage 2 burn ban expanded to include King, Kitsap and Pierce counties -- Stage 2 burn ban remains in effect for Snohomish County Due to stable weather...
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December 7, 2009
Free H1N1 Vaccinations Offered

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department today announced a series of Swine Flu clinics that provide an opportunity for local people in the federal target groups to receive vaccinations free of charge...
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December 3, 2009
Flu Prevention PSA Contest Winners Announced

| TACOMA | December 3, 2009 | Five students from Life Christian Academy (Gabriel, Mike, Travis, Meg, and Gabby) submitted Sanitize Man, the winning public service announcement (PSA) video. Students in several high school classrooms...
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December 3, 2009
Recall of Slim-Fast Canned Drink Products

| Englewood Cliffs, NJ | December 3, 2009 |  Unilever United States, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is conducting a nationwide voluntary recall of all Slim-Fast ready-to-drink...
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December 2, 2009
Vaccine Distribution Expanded to All Target Groups

December 2, 2009 Prompted by increasing supplies of H1N1 vaccine, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department today announced that local vaccine distribution is being expanded to the federal government\'s initial target groups...
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November 25, 2009
Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health Meets Wednesday

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health will meet on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at 3:00 PM at the health department\'s auditorium at 3629 South D Street, Tacoma, Washington.The agenda for the meeting includes:...
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November 24, 2009
Put Locally Grown Food on the Holiday Menu

| Pierce County Council | November 23, 2009 | As families put the finishing touches on their Thanksgiving preparations, Pierce County food producers are reminding shoppers to add at least one locally grown item to...
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November 23, 2009
Swine Flu Vaccine Clinics - November 23 and 24

Swine flu vaccine is available in Puyallup today and Tacoma tomorrow to individuals in one of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department\'s five priority groups. That means that pregnant women, certain children and people who care...
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November 19, 2009
Let's Talk Turkey!

As Thanksgiving approaches, cooking the traditional turkey dinner gives rise to anxieties and questions. What kind of turkey should I buy? Should I buy a frozen turkey or a fresh one? How...
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November 18, 2009
Target Groups Revised for Receiving H1N1 Vaccine

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department today revised target groups for H1N1 vaccination.  The change reflects Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for periods of vaccine scarcity.  ...
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November 13, 2009
Great American Smokeout - November 19, 2009

Tacoma-Pierce County WA ? The American Cancer Society\'s 34th annual Great American Smokeout (GASO) began in 1976 to encourage people who smoke to quit for one day. Since then, millions of Americans have participated...
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November 12, 2009
LRI LANDFILL DRINKING WATER STUDY ? FALL 2009

Tacoma - Drinking water test results collected from residential wells around the LRI Landfill indicate that the area water continues to be safe to drink. A new report from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department...
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November 5, 2009
Pierce County Opens H1N1 Flu Call Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 5, 2009 Pierce County leaders opened a call center today to help provide information about the H1N1 flu response to the public...
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October 30, 2009
Have A Safe and Happy Halloween

Have a good time this Halloween by following these trick-or-treat safety tips and healthy reminders. Give kids a meal before they go out. Hunger can make kids consume a larger amount candy. Having...
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October 29, 2009
Board of Health Meets Wednesday, November 4

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health will meet Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at the Health Department Auditorium, 3629 South D Street, Tacoma, starting at 3:00 PM. Board of Health Clerk - (253) 798-2899...
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October 28, 2009
Frequently Asked Questions about H1N1 (swine) Flu Vaccine

PDF Version Why Get Vaccinated Against H1N1 Why should I get vaccinated against H1N1? Vaccine provides the best protection against influenza infections. A flu vaccine stimulates the immune system in your body to produce antibodies...
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October 22, 2009
Plum Organics Baby Food Recalled

Plum Organics ? announced today that it is taking the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling one particular batch of its 4.22oz. Apple & Carrot Portable Pouch baby food with the best by date May 21...
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October 20, 2009
First H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccine Clinic

TACOMA | October 20, 2009 | The first free school-based H1N1 (swine flu) vaccination clinics will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2009. This clinic will be for H1N1 (swine flu) vaccination only. (There will...
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October 20, 2009
Pierce County Reports Fifth H1N1 (swine flu) Influenza-Related Death

TACOMA, WA An elderly resident of Pierce County who died on October 17, 2009 from complications linked to H1N1 (swine flu) was confirmed late yesterday. The male was in his early seventies. Tests have shown...
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October 19, 2009
Proposed Fee Schedule 2010

TACOMA | October 19, 2009 | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has posted a Proposed 2010 Fee Schedule (Resolution No. 2009-4196), for public review and comment. The Proposed Fee Schedule is be adopted by Tacoma-Pierce County...
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October 19, 2009
Notice of Public Hearing October 28, 2009

TACOMA | October 19, 2009 | NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at 5:00 PM, in the Health Department Auditorium, to take...
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October 15, 2009
Campaign Promotes Safer, Cleaner Puget Sound

| TACOMA | October 15, 2009 | An estimated 75 percent of Puget Sound\'s chemical pollution comes from yards, cars, pets and homes. Puget Sound Starts Here focuses on these four aspects of daily life...
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October 14, 2009
When Can I Expect to Get Vaccine?

| TACOMA | October 14, 2009 | In Pierce County, medical offices that have requested and been approved to receive injectable H1N1 vaccine, are expected to have it in their offices by the second week...
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October 8, 2009
Health Department Prepares for H1N1 Vaccine Arrival

| TACOMA | October 8, 2009 | Pierce County expects to initially receive 8,597 doses of H1N1 FluMist. FluMist can only be administered to healthy children and adults between the ages of 2 and 49...
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October 8, 2009
West Nile Detected in Pierce County Crow

For Immediate Release: October 8. 2009 Tacoma-Pierce County WA ? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has confirmed that West Nile virus has been detected in a dead crow found in Pierce County. This case is the...
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October 5, 2009
Board of Health Meets Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tacoma - The public is welcome to attend the next regularly monthly meeting of the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health. Agenda details and meeting time and location are listed below. Tacoma-Pierce County Board...
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September 25, 2009
Children's Liquid Tylenol Recalled

|  Brunswick, NJ  |  September 24, 2009  |  McNeil Consumer Healthcare (the makers of TYLENOL) is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Children\'s and Infants\' TYLENOL liquid products that were manufactured between April, 2008 and June...
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September 18, 2009
Recycling and Land Reuse Practices Can Help Fight Climate Change

For Immediate Release | WASHINGTON | September 18, 2009 | There is much potential to reduce the nation\'s greenhouse gases through recycling, waste reduction, smart growth, and by reusing formerly contaminated sites including brownfields...
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September 17, 2009
Information on 2009 H1N1 Flu

| TACOMA | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has prevention and response plans for H1N1 (swine) flu. The Department expects to receive more than half a million doses of H1N1 vaccine. Healthcare providers...
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September 17, 2009
President Announces Plan to Expand Fight Against Global H1N1 Pandemic

For Immediate Release | THE WHITE HOUSE | September 17, 2009 | Today, President Obama announced the United States will continue to act aggressively to stop the global spread of the pandemic 2009-H1N1 influenza virus...
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September 10, 2009
Flu Prevention Student PSA Contest

TACOMA | September 10, 2009 | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has launched a Fall 2009 flu prevention campaign. The campaign will include a Flu Prevention Public Service Announcement (PSA) Student Competition. The competition is open...
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September 10, 2009
Toxic Algae Bloom Present in Spanaway Lake

For Immediate Release | TACOMA | September 10, 2009 | Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is issuing a warning today, Thursday, September 10, 2009 that a toxic algae bloom in Spanaway Lake is currently producing...
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August 28, 2009
Board of Health Meets Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tacoma - Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health will meet Wednesday, September 2, 2009, at the Health Department Auditorium, 3629 South D Street, Tacoma, starting at 3:00 PM. The Board\'s agenda includes:...
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August 19, 2009
Avoid the Back-to-School Rush

TACOMA | Aug 19, 2009 | Don\'t delay having your child immunized. It\'s the best way to protect your family and other children from getting sick. Lines are longer during the week before school starts...
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August 6, 2009
West Nile Virus Found in Mason County Bird

OLYMPIA - A crow collected in Mason County has tested positive for West Nile virus ? the first detection of the virus in western Washington this year. The discovery in late July comes more than...
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August 3, 2009
World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7 2009

TACOMA | Aug 1, 2009 | Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response. Are You Ready? This theme aims to draw attention to the vital role that breastfeeding plays in emergencies world-wide. The World Alliance for...
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