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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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