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Healthcare Alerts and Resources

04/11/14 - Influenza Outbreak in Ephrata Assisted Living Facility
04/04/14 - Six Confirmed or Epi Linked Measles Cases in Western Washington State
02/18/14 - Product Recall Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice 5 and 25 pound bags
01/03/14 - Healthcare Provider Alert - Influenza Update
05/09/13 - Healthcare Provider Alert -Norovirus-Like Illness Outbreak at Longview Elementary School
05/07/13 - Healthcare Provider Advisory: Increase Number of Pertussis Cases in Grant County
Washington Health Volunteers in Emergencies
Archived 2010 Pertussis Alerts and Resources

2012 Archived Letters and Memos to Healthcare Providers
2011 Archived Letters and Memos to Healthcare Providers
2010 Archived Letters and Memos to Healthcare Providers
2009 Archived Letters and Memos to Healthcare Providers
2008 Archived Letters and Memos to Healthcare Providers
2007 Archived Letters and Memos to Healthcare Providers

2011-2012 Seasonal Influenza

September 2011 - Influenza is expected circulate this respiratory season, the intensity and timing of the influenza season can't be predicted. During the past several months, three influenza viruses have been circulating in the world: influenza A (2009 H1N1), influenza A (H3N2), and influenza B.

Influenza Vaccination

Annual influenza vaccination is currently recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. It can take up to two weeks to develop a full immune response.

To develop adequate immune response, children 6 months through 8 years of age who did not receive at least 1 dose of the 2010-2011 influenza vaccine should receive 2 doses of the 2011-2012 influenza vaccine separated by at least 4 weeks.

CDC flow chart to determine if 1 or 2 doses of seasonal influenza vaccine are necessary: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/imzupdate/downloads/doses-algorithm.pdf.

CDC comprehensive information regarding influenza vaccination: www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination.

ACIP 2011 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations: www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6033a3.htm?s_cid=mm6033a3_w.

Healthcare providers and hospitals should report the following to GCHD:

Report the following to GCHD by calling 509-766-7960 or the after-hours phone 509-762-1160:

  • Within 3 days - Laboratory-confirmed influenza deaths in persons of all ages.
    Adult Death Reporting Form Pediatric Death Reporting Form
  • Immediately - Suspected and laboratory-confirmed novel influenza viruses, such as avian influenza A (H5N1). (Please note, 2009 H1N1 virus is no longer a novel virus.)
  • Immediately - Outbreaks of influenza-like illness or laboratory-confirmed influenza is an institutional setting. (e.g., long term care facilities)
  • Immediately - Unexplained critical illness or death in persons < 50 years-old.


WA ST Department of Health - Influenza Surveillance and Reporting Guidelines

CDC - Comprehensive information regarding the prevention and control of influenza with vaccines www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination

CDC - Diagnostic testing, antiviral medication, and infection control

Flu Activity
Washington State: www.doh.wa.gov/ehsphl/epidemiology/cd/fluupdate.pdf

National: www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly




Selection and Monitoring of LTBI Treatment Candidates - CDC Guidance March 2010

Grant County Health District 2009 TB Policy

Powerpoint Presentation for Grant County Latent TB Data


Bloodborne Pathogens

Healthcare professionals are at risk for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV from needle sticks and other sharp instruments contaminated with infected blood. Fore more information visit CDC's Protecting Healthcare Personnel's web page www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/worker.html.



University of Washington's case-based modules related to the clinical care of persons with viral hepatitis http://depts.washington.edu/hepstudy.


Immunizations for Healthcare Workers

Because of contact with patients or infective material from patients, many healthcare workers are at risk for exposure to and possible transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases. Maintenance of immunity is therefore an essential part of prevention and infection control programs for all healthcare workers. For more information visit CDC's Healthcare Associated Infections Website.


Local Notifiable Conditions Contact Information

To contact or provide a report to the Grant County Health District in the event of a suspected public health event, such as:

  • communicable disease outbreaks
  • environmental health risks
  • natural disasters
  • other events that threaten the health of people

Call 509-754-6060 or 509-766-7960. After hours call 509-762-1160.

Healthcare providers, labs, hospitals and veterinarians may report required notifiable conditions after hours by calling 509-398-2083. Visit Washington State Department of Health's notifiable conditions web page at www.doh.wa.gov/notify/forms/default.htm. For legal reporting requirements for reporting notifiable conditions visit www.doh.wa.gov/notify/other/legal.htm.

Animal Bites: To report an animal bite, fill out an Animal Bite Incident Report and fax immediately to 509-754-0941. For more information on rabies, visit Washington Department of Health at www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/factsheet/rabiesfct.htm.

West Nile Virus

Visit Washington State Department of Health 's West Nile Virus web site at www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/ts/Zoo/WNV/WNV.html



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