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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDA~ OCTOBER 21, 2009 B5 King County residents continue as obesity, physical activity and to enjoy generally improved health smoking. Data, graphs and maps in many areas, with long life ex- show how these indicators vary by pectancies and low mortality from age, race/ethnicity, poverty, gender injuries and some chronic dis- and geography in the county. eases. However, some trends are King County residents are doing worsening or not improving, and relatively well compared to U.S. health gains are not being experi- enced equally by all communities. These and other health trends can be found in the completely up- dated Community Health Indica- tors, a project that provides com- prehensive data and health trends in accessible formats to members of the community, organizations and researchers. Go to www.king- county, gov/health/indicators. Community Health Indicators provides information on a range of health indicators, including life ex- pectancy, causes of death, mater- nal and child health, chronic dis- eases, communicable diseases, ac- cess to care and risk factors, such statistics and similar counties na- tionwide, but the county is not meeting many of the national Healthy People 2010 goals. Community Health Indicators reports In 2007, King County residents overall had a life expectancy at birth of 81.5years, but blacks and American Indians/Alaska Natives on average had lower life ex- pectancies. Cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of death in King County. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for resi- dents between ages 1 and 44. Health gains are not being experi- enced equally. Large racial, income and geographic inequities continue. Health Improvements Injuries: Deaths from homicide, suicide, and motor vehicle acci- dents continue to decline. Chronic diseases: Deaths from breast cancer, colorectal cancer, heart disease and stroke continue to decline. Smoking continues to decline among King County adults. Health concerns 12.5 percent, or about 153,000 King County adults age 18-64, re- ported no health insurance cover- age in 2008. The adolescent birth rate is no longer continuing a decadelong decline and is rising in portions of the county. Increasing percentages of moth- ers/infants received either no pre- natal care during pregnancy or be- gan prenatal care late, in the third trimester. Late or no prenatal care can lead to worse pregnancy outcomes. Both obesity and deaths related to diabetes continue to increase. Almost 70 percent of King County residents met physical ac- tivity recommendations in 2007, and 85 percent reported at least some physical activity in the last month. However, 20 percent to 30 percent of the people of color, low- income individuals and south county residents did not partici- pate in any physical activity. Community Health Indicators at www. kingcounty.gov/health/indi- cators also includes links to AimsHigh, the King County per- formance indicator Web site, where users can view related data on Public Health performance. Study volunteers needed Men and women, ages 18-50, who are healthy and HIV negative are needed for a vaccine study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Seattle HIV Vaccine Trials Unit, a program of Fred Hutchin- son Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington, has been conducting HIV vaccine clini- cal trials since 1987. Volunteers must live in the Seattle area and he available to go to the Seattle HW Vaccine Tri- als Unit, Cabrini Tower, 901 Boren Ave., Suite 1320, for 10-12 study visits during a 12-month period. All study visits are held on weekdays. No weekend or evening appointments are avail- able. Those who qualify must be willing to be vaccinated two to four times with either the study vaccine or a placebo. There is no HIV in the vaccines and there is no risk of contracting HIV from the experimental vaccine prod- ucts. All study participants are com- pensated for their time and trans- portation and receive free HIV testing and lab tests. Call the Seattle HW Vaccine Tri- als Unit at 206-667-2300, e-mail info@seattlevaccines.org or go to www.seattlevaccines.org. County Board of Health seeks health professional member The King County Board of Health is accepting applications for a vacancy in one health pro- fessional position on the board. The 11-member board is made up of eight local elected officials -- three from the Met- ropolitan King County Council, three from the Seattle City Council and two elected officials from suburban cities -- who se- lect three health professional positions. The health professional mem- bers serve as citizen public health experts, assisting the board with complex, often technical, public Local clinics offer flu shots Virginia Mason Virginia Mason will offer sea- sonal flu vaccinations, without an appointment, for all patients six months and older at the Issaquah clinic, 100 N.E. Gilman Blvd. The walk-in clinic will offer flu shots and FluMist. The walk-in Ovedake Overlake Medical Center Is- saquah offers free flu shots from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Oct. 24 (or until sup plies last) at its Community Educa- tion Classroom, 5708 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Just bring in a nonperishable food item, which will be donated to the clinics are not offering H1N1 vacci- Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. nations. Additionally, there will be This is for the seasonal flu vac- no drive-thru flu clinic this year. Clinic hours are: Mondays: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. through Nov. 16 Wednesdays: 3-7 p.m. through health issues. Nov. 18 The deadline for applying is Oct. , Fridays: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Oct. 16 27. Get details about the applica- through Nov. 20 tion process at , Friday, Nov. 13:10 a.m. - 3 p.m. www.kingcounty.gov/health/boh. Saturdays: 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Oct. 17 and 31, and Nov. 14 D~: Kevin K. Lee, DD3; N' ew Padenrs * k~ /~ elcome,, ~ i Co:m~efic & Preventative Dendstry : Prefe~.cd Provider for most i ! .... " . i .(exam, xrayS anddeaning~ i i cine only, not the H1N1 vaccine, and for people 18 and over. Call 688-5777. Swedish Swedish Medical Center offers flu shots from 1-6 p.m. Nov. 10 at its Issaquah Clinic, 2005 N.W. Sammamish Road. Call 744-2444 or e-mail beatthebug@swedish.org for more information. 't No-Scalpel No-Needle Performed by Board Friday evening and Saturday morning visits u season: FI~OM PAGE B4 Children born to women who received the flu vaccine in pregnancy have protection from this illness for the first six months of their life. By receiving both flu vaccines, you are providing your child with signifcant protection from these illnesses. your provider does not have or will not carry this vaccine, you can contact the King County Public Health Department for more information (www.king- county.gov/health/HIN1). Preg- nant women exposed to HIN1 flu have been infected at a higher rate than the general public, and they have had more severe illness. It is important for your health and the health of your baby that you get this vac- cine now that it is available. One tremendous benefit of get- ring these vaccines in pregnancy is that this will provide protec- tion for your child once he or she is born. It has been shown that children born to women who re- ceived the flu vaccine in preg- nancy have protection from this illness for the first six months of their life. This is important, be- cause children under the age of 6 months cannot receive the flu vaccine. By receiving both flu vaccines, you are providing your child with significant protection from these illnesses. Despite all of these efforts, we know that a number of pregnant women will still be infected by H1N1 influenza this season. If you have symptoms of the flu, a fever over 100 degrees with cough and/or sore throat, it is important that you contact your health care provider. Medications to treat in- fluenza are available and have been shown to reduce the severity of illness in pregnant women. The medication is most effective if it is started within the first few days after your symptoms appear. While all indications are that the HIN1 infection is milder than first feared, pregnant women are disproportionately affected by this virus. Unfortunately, there have been a number of deaths amongst pregnant women and other severe infectious requiring significant hospitalizations. Do what you can to stay healthy and protect your baby this season. Practice good personal hygiene, get vaccinated and contact your provider early if you have flu-like symptoms. Mark N. Simon: MD, MMM, FACOG, OB- GYN hospitalist. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. Voted Issaquah's Favorite Dentists 2007 & 2008 BEST OF ISSAQUAH Your Family Dentists BARRY FEDER, DDS, PS MARK GERMACK, DDS item: tO food bank and FI4t l ; 7pm - 10pm, Sat., Oct. 31 lffl,ll l '; Issaquah Nursing & Rehab 805 Front St. South Issaquah, WA tIE'IITIOI II? Call Kim Saturday; :Octo r i24; or until supplies lasL: i: Overlake MediCal: ce erl] I ssaquah; 9 029 ............................... i:: This is nal: i ne (not HIN1)ahd4si' nly,sai e people 18. and For questions, :pl 25 5777. OVERLAKE QMedica.[ Center