Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Air Quality

    • How am I exposed to molds and what are the health effects?

    • How can I control or prevent molds from growing in my home?

    • How do I clean up mold in my home?

    • How do I know if I have a mold problem?

    • How do molds grow in my home?

    • What are molds?

    • Where can I find molds in my home?

  • Flu Vaccine

    • Are there other flu vaccine products available?

    • Are there side effects to the flu vaccine?

    • Do children need more than one dose of flu vaccine per year?

    • Does the flu vaccine cause Guillain-Barre syndrome?

    • How effective is the flu vaccine?

    • If I got a flu vaccination last year, do I need one again this year?

    • Is the flu vaccination safe?

    • Is there a special type of flu vaccine available for seniors?

    • Is there mercury in the flu vaccine?

    • What about an egg allergy and the flu vaccine?

    • When should I get a flu vaccination?

    • Who should get the flu vaccination?

    • Why isn't the nasal spray flu vaccine recommended this season?

  • Human Resources

    • How do I arrange for a reasonable accommodation in the employment application or testing process?

    • How do I check the status of my employment application?

    • How will I know when you're recruiting for a specific job?

    • I have submitted my employment application. What happens next?

    • Thinking about an internship for credit at the health department? '

    • What happens if I'm selected for the job?

    • What if I can't access my online employment application?

    • What if I have additional questions?

    • Where can I volunteer to work at the health department?

    • Who can volunteer to work at the health department?

    • Why volunteer in public health?

  • Mumps

    • How can you prevent mumps?

    • How is mumps spread?

    • What if I've had mumps before?

    • What is mumps?

    • What to do if you think you have mumps

    • Who is more likely to get mumps?

  • Office of Assessment, Planning and Improvement

    • Where do I find Pierce County population data?

    • Where do I find Access to Health Care Services in Pierce County data?

    • Where do I find Behavioral Health in Pierce County data?

    • Where do I find Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data?

    • Where do I find Communicable Diseases information for healthcare professionals?

    • Where do I find Community Health Assessments in Pierce County?

    • Where do I find gaps in preventive screenings data?

    • Where do I find Health Indicators in Pierce County data?

    • Where do I find Health Systems Transformation in Pierce County data?

    • Where do I find Healthy Communities in Pierce County data?

    • Where do I find information on Deaths in Pierce County?

    • Where do I find maternal and child health in Pierce County data?

    • Where do I find public health data maps? (71 Maps)

    • where do I find the Healthy Youth Survey? (290 Healthy Youth Survey)

  • Onsite Sewage

    • Do all existing septic systems within the Boundary Line Adjustment (BLA) need to be inspected?

    • Does an exisitng septic system need to be inspected during a Boundary Line Adjustment (BLA) if that septic system will no longer be used?

    • Does the septic company submit the Report of System Status (RSS) application?

    • Does the septic tank have to be pumped prior to the property sale?

    • How can I get a copy of the completed Report of System Status (RSS) report?

    • How can I submit a Report of System Status (RSS) application?

    • How does Pierce County's new policy regarding building and subdivision applications using permit-exempt wells as a potable water source apply to land division proposals?

    • How long is a Report of System Status (RSS) report valid?

    • How long is a septic system inspection valid?

    • How many inspections are required in the Report of System Status (RSS) process?

    • If I submitted a well application prior to Nov. 1, 2016, does Pierce County's new policy regarding building and subdivision applications using permit-exempt wells as a potable water source affect me?

    • Is there any way to rush the Report of System Status (RSS) process?

    • What are the Boundary Line Adjustment (BLA) requirements when a septic system encroaches on a neighboring lot?

    • What changed with water rights and when did it change?

    • What if no one submits a Report of System Status (RSS) application?

    • What is unit volume of sewage?

    • When can I submit my well application to the health department?

    • Who can complete a hydrogeologic study and how much does it cost?

    • Who submits the Report of System Status (RSS) application?

    • Why did the process for building and subdivision applications using permit-exempt wells as a potable water source change?

    • Why does the health department review Boundary Line Adjustments (BLA) on lots with on-site sewage systems (OSS)?

  • Pertusis

    • How can I protect myself and my family from whooping cough?

    • What are the symptoms of whooping cough?

    • What is the treatment for whooping cough?

    • What is whooping cough and how s it spread?

    • What should I do if I think someone in my family has whooping cough?

    • Where can I get a whooping cough vaccine in Pierce County?

    • Who should be concerned about whooping cough?

  • School Health

    • Can Health Department staff come speak to our school about topics like healthy behaviors, tobacco and vaping, nutrition, puberty, or sexual health?

    • Does the Health Department have resources I can use or display in my classroom?

    • How can our school and our students participate in the School-Based Oral Health program?

    • If a student has lice, what procedures should our school follow?

    • Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Washington for adults 21 years and older, what is the Health Department doing to prevent underage use?

    • Our school is hosting a health fair. Does the Health Department have educational materials or staff that are available to present?

    • What does the Health Department recommend as alternatives to suspension for students in violation of the school’s tobacco and substance use policy?

    • What grants or funding does the Health Department offer to schools?

    • What kind of health and safety inspections does the Health Department conduct at schools?

    • What services and programs does the Health Department offer to schools?

    • What should schools know when a public health consultant needs to speak with a student about a confidential health matter?

    • Where can our school refer parents with questions about child immunization?

    • Where can schools get information about smoking, electronic cigarette, and vaping prevention?

  • South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District

    • Are there any incentive programs to offset the cost of the South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District (STGPD) program?

    • How do I get a South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District (STGPD) permit?

    • How much does a new South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District (STGPD) facility permit cost?

    • How often will my business located in theSouth Tacoma Groundwater Protection District (STGPD) be inspected?

    • What happens if my business is not in compliance with South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District (STGPD) requirements?

    • What is the South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District (STGPD)?

    • Which South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District (STGPD) annual permit class will apply to my business?

    • Who can I contact for more information or questions about the South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District (STGPD)?

    • Who is affected by the South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District (STGPD)?

  • Tuberculosis

    • How do I get tested for TB?

    • How do I know if I have latent or active TB?

    • Is there a vaccine for TB?

    • What are the symptoms of TB?

    • What if I have been exposed to TB?

    • What if I have been infected with TB?

    • What if I have TB disease?

    • What is active TB?

    • What is latent (sleeping) TB infection?

    • What is TB?

    • Where can I get a TB test?

    • Who is at risk for active TB?

    • Who is at risk for TB infection?

  • Vital Records

    • How can I correct a mistake on a birth or death record?

    • How do I complete a court-ordered name change?

    • How do I correct a Record

    • How do I correct older filed birth or death records?

    • How do I find out about changing the gender on a birth record?

    • How do I get an updated certificate due to a change being made?

    • How do I order a certificate of death that took place before July 1, 1907?

    • How do I request a certificate for a marriage that took place in Pierce County?

    • How do I request a certificate/decree for a divorce that took place in Pierce County?

    • How fast can I obtain certified certificates of death?

    • I completed a birth filing form at the time of my child's birth. When will I received the copy of my child's certificate of birth?

    • I ordered a certificate of birth or death from your office over 90 days ago but haven't received it. What should I do?

    • I ordered a certificate of birth or death from your office within the past 90 days but haven't received it. What should I do?

    • The hospital gave me a certificate when we left. Is that considered an official certificate of birth?

    • There is a mistake on the certificate certificate of birth or death I ordered, but I provided the correct information on the order form. How did this happen?

    • What do I need to order a certificate of birth if I am adopted?

    • What do I need to order a certificate of birth?

    • What is an apostille?

    • Where do I go to get information on ordering birth or death records from from another state?

    • Where do I go to order heirloom certificates?

    • Where do I obtain a copy of the toxicology reports used to complete a death record?

    • Where do I obtain an apostille?

  • Zika

    • Hepatitis

    • How does Zika spread?

    • What are the symptoms of Zika?

    • What is Zika?

    • Where is Zika spreading?


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