Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Lights

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SEATTLE TIMES -- I don't know if Federal Way getting only one mention is a result of this being a paper from Seattle or if we should be proud to have been mentioned at all, but this article does leave out the entire neighborhood at 1st. and 300th. where almost all of the neighbors participate and endure the invasion of cars each year. (Reminder: turn your lights off and leave only your parking lights on. And bring a can of food.) More...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Car Thefts On The Decline in KC

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REDMOND-REPORTER.COM -- King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, the guest speaker at Wednesday's Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce luncheon, told attendees how agencies such as Redmond Police and ATTACK (Auto Theft Tactical Analysis Center for King County) have successfully worked to reduce car thefts in the region. More...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Release: Public Health: Vaccine eligibility widens Saturday as supplies increase

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Apologies for the delay in posting

Hanna Kite
Communications Planner, H1N1 & Howard Hanson Response
Public Health -- Seattle & King County
(206) 263-8752 |

Public Health: Vaccine eligibility widens Saturday as supplies increase

Starting this Saturday, December 12, those eligible to receive H1N1 influenza vaccine will be expanded to everybody six months of age and older in King County. Depending on early demand among this broader group, supplies may be limited for a time at some locations.

Public Health - Seattle & King County is taking this next step in widening H1N1 vaccine eligibility because many health care providers in King County are now reporting that they are able to meet the demand for their highest risk patients and vaccine supplies are increasing and expected to continue to rise steadily.

“We’re pleased that many of our highest risk residents have been vaccinated and that we have enough vaccine now to open eligibility to anyone who wants it,” said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health - Seattle & King County. “Even though flu has peaked, at least temporarily, H1N1 illness continues in our community. Getting vaccinated is still a very good idea.”

As of December 4, an estimated 380,000 people in King County who are at high-risk for complications have been vaccinated for H1N1 influenza, and an additional 58,000 doses of vaccine are on the ground or in the process of being shipped to vaccine providers in the county.

Vaccination continues to be particularly important for people at highest risk for H1N1, including pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old, people between 25 through 64 years of age with chronic health conditions or weakened immune systems, and healthcare and emergency workers

New clinics and vaccine availability
H1N1 vaccine is available from local health care providers and pharmacies; see availability at pharmacies.
Additionally, some health centers are offering free H1N1 vaccination to people who cannot afford to pay. Clinics will be held this Saturday, December 12, Wednesday, December 16, and Saturday, December 19.

This Saturday’s HealthPoint free H1N1 clinics are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or while supplies last. Locations are:
· Auburn HealthPoint: 126 Auburn Avenue, Suite 400
· Kent HealthPoint: 403 E. Meeker
· Redmond HealthPoint: 16315 NE 87th Street, Suite B6
· SeaTac HealthPoint: 4040 S. 188th Street

Public Health will have five free H1N1 clinics this Saturday and next Saturday, December 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. These same site, except for Eastgate Public Health Center, will also have clinics on Wednesday, December 16 from noon to 7 p.m. Locations are:

· Seattle: Columbia Public Health Center, 4400 37th Ave South
· Seattle: North Public Health Center, 10501 Meridian Ave North
· Bellevue: Eastgate Public Health Center, 14350 SE Eastgate Way
· Renton Public Health Center, 3001 NE 4th Street
· Federal Way Public Health Center, 33431 13th Place South

Vaccinations are first come, first served, and no reservations will be taken. If demand is high, people will be given a designated time later that day to return and receive their vaccination. Once supply is exhausted, people will be informed as soon as they arrive.

For more information on future clinics and other H1N1 updates, visit: The Flu Hotline at 877-903-KING (5464) is staffed with operators to answer questions from King County residents about H1N1 influenza. The Flu Hotline is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with special 24-hour nurse line service extended over the weekend for people with flu seeking medical care advice. Recorded information is available 24 hours a day.

Providing effective and innovative health and disease prevention services for over 1.9 million residents and visitors of King County, Public Health – Seattle & King County works for safer and healthier communities for everyone, every day. More at


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