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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 TylenolŪ 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-FastŪ 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-FastŪ 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 TYLENOLŪ) is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Children\'s and Infants\' TYLENOLŪ 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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