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Flu season in Spokane off to a mild start

Flu season is off to a mild start in Spokane County, health officials say. Twelve influenza hospitalizations have been reported since last fall, according to the Spokane Regional Health District. …


Health district chief’s move to Providence an indirect result of Affordable Care Act

Dr. Joel McCullough’s new job at Providence Health Care is an indirect result of the Affordable Care Act, with some focus on public health a requirement for hospitals to keep …


McCullough leaving Spokane health district to work for Providence

Dr. Joel McCullough is leaving the top job at Spokane Regional Health District to work for the Providence Health Care system.


Chickenpox vaccine required for all Spokane students

Students in Spokane Public Schools will need two chickenpox vaccines by the first day of school this fall.


Spokane considers ban on vaping in public places

The Spokane Regional Health District is among a number of Washington counties considering banning vaping in indoor public spaces and workplaces. However, retailers of vaping products want to continue to …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 5:47 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Spokane County considering ban on indoor vaping

The Spokane Regional Health District is considering a ban on vaping indoors.


Vaccination urged as flu season has begun

Flu season is underway in Spokane County. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, it’s time, experts say.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 8:26 p.m.

First flu case reported in Spokane

A Spokane County woman in her 50s tested positive for influenza this week, marking the first confirmed local flu case this season.


Spokane Regional Health District urges companies to ban smoking, hire nonsmokers

The Spokane Regional Health District is encouraging companies to establish tobacco-free campuses or policies that prohibit hiring smokers.


Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers

Volunteers − both medical and nonmedical − needed for local Medical Reserve Corps


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 18, 2015, 3:55 p.m.

Health officials investigating dead crows in Millwood

Health and wildlife officials are testing for West Nile virus in dead crows that have turned up on streets and lawns in the Millwood area, but say a corvid virus …


Air quality plummets as smoke covers region like blanket

Spokane’s air deteriorated on Friday to levels that previously seemed unreachable as satellite images showed smoke pouring into the region from numerous massive fires in Central Washington. By the afternoon, …


Wildfire smoke brings unhealthy air across Northwest

An air quality alert issued Monday is expected to remain in effect across a broad swath of the Pacific Northwest until at least Thursday because of wildfire smoke pollution. “Air …


Paid sick leave vote put on hold

A proposal to require employers to give their workers paid sick leave won’t be considered by city leaders until after they approve city spending for next year – after the …


Grant County reports uptick in West Nile virus

At least 42 mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus this season in Grant County, an uptick from the 34 positive samples collected during last year’s mosquito season, according …


Rise in child ‘pot poisoning’ incidents concerns officials

Reports of kids eating marijuana-infused cookies and candies are on the rise statewide and in Spokane County, where a 4-year-old spent the night in intensive care after eating a product …


Girl getting rabies vaccines after being bitten by infected bat

A young girl bitten by a rabid bat near Liberty Lake is receiving a series of vaccine injections to prevent rabies. The girl’s mother, who had contact with the bat …


Second case of measles confirmed in Spokane County

A second person in Spokane County has contracted measles, the Spokane Regional Health District announced Wednesday afternoon. Last week, the first measles case in Spokane County in more than 20 …


UPDATED: Wed., April 29, 2015, 4:57 p.m.

Health district confirms second measles case

A second person in Spokane County has contracted measles, the Spokane Regional Health District announced this afternoon.


Hospital first sent measles patient home

Doctors at Providence Holy Family Hospital’s emergency room didn’t immediately realize they were dealing with a measles case last week, hospital officials confirmed Wednesday evening. The patient went to the …


Missed measles diagnosis unsurprising given rarity in Spokane County, officials say

Doctors at Providence Holy Family Hospital’s emergency room didn’t immediately realize they were dealing with a measles case last week, hospital officials confirmed Wednesday evening.


UPDATED: Wed., April 22, 2015, 10:22 a.m.

Single measles case confirmed in Spokane

Health leaders are warning the public of the first measles outbreak in Spokane County in more than 20 years. So far, the outbreak is small – just one case, but …


UPDATED: Tue., April 21, 2015, 6:02 p.m.

First measles case reported in Spokane County in 21 years

An adult in Spokane County has tested positive for the measles, the first case of the highly contagious disease in the county in 21 years.


Chilling reality: Warm days mask Spokane River’s strong flow and take-your-breath-away cold

With sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s, rafting the Spokane River could be done in a long-sleeved T-shirt and shorts on Thursday. But water temperatures were another story. The …


Editorial: School survey of youths’ sexual activity provides useful data

Is it better to be in the dark about the sex lives of teenagers? Not if you ask public health experts. But two-thirds of Washington state schools omitted the Healthy …


Quelling vaccine fear in Spokane’s Russian-speaking community

Earlier this month about 20 people from Spokane’s Russian-speaking community gathered to talk – in Russian – about the fear and reluctance to vaccinate their children for diseases such as …


Flu taking bigger toll this season

Flu deaths and hospitalizations in Spokane County so far this season are about twice as high as last year. Since October, there have been 15 deaths attributed to the flu …


Cancer-screening money available from Spokane health district

The Spokane Regional Health District wants to get the word out that it has money available for breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings. Over the past year, district officials have …


Spokane council holds off booting Fagan from health board

A crowd of vaccination opponents hoping to dissuade the Spokane City Council from kicking Councilman Mike Fagan off the county health board erupted into shouts of “coward” when a chance …


City Council takes step back from removing Fagan from health board

About 50 people packed the City Council briefing center on Thursday to hear the council’s discussion regarding a letter to Councilman Mike Fagan asking him to “clarify” his recent questioning …