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Health Alerts

The Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Gary Goldbaum sends alerts via email to local health care providers. Alerts cover current local, regional or national health threats and important updates on medical care and protocols. Alerts are written as needed to cover urgent or emergent health issues.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Opioid Management Update

Action requested:  Be prepared to manage patients on chronic opioid therapy whose health care provider is no longer able to practice.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Mumps Testing; Notifiable Conditions

Action requested:  Submit appropriate specimens when mumps suspected.

Action requested:  Make available to staff the updated poster of Washington State’s notifiable conditions. 


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Friday, December 2, 2016

Influenza, mumps, strategies to reduce opioid overdoses

Action requested:  Take advantage of free resources to promote influenza vaccination. 

Action requested:  Assure that all patients have been immunized against mumps and be alert for signs of mumps in patients, regardless of their immunization status.
Action requested:  Consider participating in a webinar training at 11 AM on Tuesday, December 6. 


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Action requested:  Consider participating in a webinar training at 11 AM on Tuesday, November 29.  (Apologies for the late notice, but I just learned about this myself.)  Read More >>
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sexually Transmitted Infections, Testing for Zika Virus, Medically Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Action requested:  Actively screen for and treat sexually transmitted infections.

Action requested:  Be aware of a high rate of false positive commercial tests.
Action requested:  Be aware that nurse practitioners and physician assistants will soon be able to receive a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction.


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Health alerts include information about diseases or other health risks or issues that affect Snohomish County.