Preparing Your Home for COVID-19

Preparing Your Home for COVID-19

March 17, 2020

As more and more communities are impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all of us should consider creating a household plan to help protect our individual and family’s health. State and local health officials are working together to identify, evaluate, and monitor potential and confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington. Locally, Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) is meeting regularly with local leaders and government officials to take measures to protect the public’s health. Individuals also can play a role in this effort by creating and implementing their own household plan using the following checklists:

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Spotlight on Our Team: Malia Nogle, MPH

Spotlight on Our Team: Malia Nogle, MPH

November 14, 2019

In each issue of the Epigram, we are pleased to introduce you to a member of the Disease Prevention and Response team at SRHD. In this issue we feature Epidemiologist, Malia Nogle, MPH. Malia works in the Communicable Disease Epidemiology program where she focuses on notifiable condition investigation, influenza surveillance, special pathogen emergency preparedness and response, community education, and more recently, served as the Epidemiology staff lead working with Spokane County Jail and Geiger Corrections to provide hepatitis A vaccine. Malia has been with SRHD since 2014 and previously worked in the Food Safety program.

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Everyday Ethics: Dilemmas We Face When Parents Refuse Vaccines

Everyday Ethics: Dilemmas We Face When Parents Refuse Vaccines

November 14, 2019

You are seeing a 6-month old boy in your primary care practice. He is completely unimmunized, and parents are staunchly against DTaP. There is currently a pertussis epidemic with 150 cases in your state and more than 2,000 cases nationally. After explaining the risk and consequences of getting pertussis and encouraging immunization, the parents still refuse. What would you do?

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Only 35 percent of Pregnant Women Receive Both Influenza and Tdap Vaccines

Only 35 percent of Pregnant Women Receive Both Influenza and Tdap Vaccines

November 14, 2019

New data released from the CDC show not enough pregnant women are being vaccinated against influenza and pertussis during pregnancy. A survey of nearly 2,100 pregnant women ages 18 to 49 years taken during the 2018-19 influenza season found only 54 percent of pregnant women reported vaccination with influenza and only 55 percent reported vaccination with Tdap during pregnancy. Only 35 percent of women received both vaccines.

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