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Columbian Health Reporter

Lab assistant Melissa Cornelison tests nasal swabs for influenza recently at PeaceHealth Southwest’s Inpatient Laboratory in Vancouver. The hospital is seeing an influx in patients with the flu.

Clark County flu rates climb back up

Lab assistant Melissa Cornelison tests nasal swabs for influenza recently at PeaceHealth Southwest’s Inpatient Laboratory in Vancouver. The hospital is seeing an influx in patients with the flu.

March 25, 2018, 6:02am Clark County Health

Eighteen weeks after the local flu season began, the influenza virus is still sickening Clark County residents. Read story

Enrollment for health plans hits record high

March 22, 2018, 8:32pm Clark County Health

The number of people purchasing health plans from the state-based insurance exchange reached record levels this year in Clark County and across the state. Read story

Third-graders Avery Ahrens, from left, Sam Coté and Karina Woodley run laps around the playground at Hough Elementary School. The trio are among the regular participants in the new Hough Mileage Club — a voluntary running program offered during lunch recesses.

Hough Mileage Club a healthy recess option for students

Third-graders Avery Ahrens, from left, Sam Coté and Karina Woodley run laps around the playground at Hough Elementary School. The trio are among the regular participants in the new Hough Mileage Club — a voluntary running program offered during lunch recesses.

March 20, 2018, 6:00am Clark County Health

A group of third-graders burst through the doors of Hough Elementary School and into the outdoor playground. Read story

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Doctors first line of defense in diagnosing depression in teens

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March 19, 2018, 6:02am Clark County Health

Pediatricians may not have expected mental health to make up a significant part of their practice years ago. But today, it’s clear pediatricians are not only needed to care for adolescents’ physical health, but their mental health, too. Read story

Beginning next month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will begin mailing out new Medicare cards with unique, randomly assigned numbers and letters that replace Social Security numbers. Washington residents won’t receive the cards until after June.

Seniors, be on the lookout for new Medicare card

Beginning next month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will begin mailing out new Medicare cards with unique, randomly assigned numbers and letters that replace Social Security numbers. Washington residents won’t receive the cards until after June.

March 18, 2018, 4:00pm Clark County Health

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has a message for seniors with Medicare: Watch your mailboxes. Read story

Portland business recalls kratom powder linked to salmonella

March 17, 2018, 5:23pm Clark County Health

Two Clark County residents are among the nearly 90 people sickened by salmonella bacteria in a national outbreak linked to kratom. Read story

Alzheimer’s Association offers free educational programs

March 14, 2018, 3:58pm Clark County Health

The local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is offering two free educational programs this month for those interested in learning about the disease. The first class, “The Basics,” is 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 21 at Kaiser Permanente Orchards Medical Office, Room A, 7101 N.E. 137th Ave., Vancouver. The class… Read story

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Making the cut at March Madness

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March 12, 2018, 6:06am Clark County Health

Vas Madness. Snip City. Read story

Some local veterinarians are recommending pet owners immunize their dogs against canine influenza, particularly social dogs who frequent dog parks, doggie day cares, groomers, boarding facilities or dog shows. While there have not been any confirmed cases of canine influenza in Southwest Washington, local veterinarians say they won’t be surprised to see local cases.

Yes, dogs can get the flu, too

Some local veterinarians are recommending pet owners immunize their dogs against canine influenza, particularly social dogs who frequent dog parks, doggie day cares, groomers, boarding facilities or dog shows. While there have not been any confirmed cases of canine influenza in Southwest Washington, local veterinarians say they won’t be surprised to see local cases.

March 8, 2018, 7:08pm Clark County Health

While flu season appears to be winding down for humans, it may be heating up for man’s best friend. Read story

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Is there a menace clucking in your backyard?

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March 5, 2018, 6:00am Clark County Health

Backyard chickens are great for fresh eggs, but, health officials warn, they’re also a great conduit for illness. As the number of backyard poultry flocks increases, so do the number of people contracting salmonella from their feathered friends. Read story