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FILE - A flu vaccine is readied at the L.A. Care and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plans' Community Resource Center where they were offering members and the public free flu and COVID-19 vaccines Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Lynwood, Calif. On Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 7.5% of outpatient medical visits the previous week were due to flu-like illnesses. That's as high as the peak of the 2017-18 flu season and higher than any season since. (AP Photo/Mark J.

Flu season worsens as 44 states report high activity

FILE - A flu vaccine is readied at the L.A. Care and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plans' Community Resource Center where they were offering members and the public free flu and COVID-19 vaccines Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Lynwood, Calif. On Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 7.5% of outpatient medical visits the previous week were due to flu-like illnesses. That's as high as the peak of the 2017-18 flu season and higher than any season since. (AP Photo/Mark J.

December 2, 2022, 3:54pm Health

The U.S. flu season keeps getting worse. Read story

FILE - This image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows a colorized transmission electron micrograph of monkeypox particles (red) found within an infected cell (blue), cultured in the laboratory that was captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Md. The World Health Organization has renamed monkeypox as mpox, citing concerns the original name of the decades-old animal disease could be construed as discriminatory and racist.

U.S. plans end to mpox public health emergency in January

FILE - This image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows a colorized transmission electron micrograph of monkeypox particles (red) found within an infected cell (blue), cultured in the laboratory that was captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Md. The World Health Organization has renamed monkeypox as mpox, citing concerns the original name of the decades-old animal disease could be construed as discriminatory and racist.

December 2, 2022, 2:39pm Health

The federal government plans to end in January the public health emergency it declared earlier this year after an outbreak of mpox infected more than 29,000 people across the U.S. Read story

7 die from flu in Washington state, activity ‘very high’

December 2, 2022, 7:44am Health

Flu activity in the state is now considered very high, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Read story

FILE - New York Police Department officers wake up sleeping passengers and direct them to the exits at the 207th Street station on the A train, Thursday, April 30, 2020, in the Manhattan borough of New York. In New York City's latest effort to address a mental health crisis on its streets and subways, Mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, that authorities would more aggressively intervene to help people in need of treatment, saying there was "a moral obligation" to do so, even if it means providing care to those who don't ask for it.

National 988 mental health hotline back up after outage

FILE - New York Police Department officers wake up sleeping passengers and direct them to the exits at the 207th Street station on the A train, Thursday, April 30, 2020, in the Manhattan borough of New York. In New York City's latest effort to address a mental health crisis on its streets and subways, Mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, that authorities would more aggressively intervene to help people in need of treatment, saying there was "a moral obligation" to do so, even if it means providing care to those who don't ask for it.

December 2, 2022, 7:43am Health

The nation’s 988 hotline, intended to help anyone experiencing a mental health emergency, was back up and running Friday after a daylong outage. Read story

Lawsuit: Seattle U pushed a nursing master’s degree it couldn’t offer

December 2, 2022, 7:42am Health

Four current and former nursing students at Seattle University are suing the school for allegedly advertising and promising master’s degrees it was not approved to offer, according to the complaint. Read story

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Clark County COVID-19 infection rate rises since last report

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December 1, 2022, 2:15pm Clark County Health

The COVID-19 infection rate in Clark County rose this week, following a week without an update during the Thanksgiving holiday. Read story

Washington’s COVID-19 response website decommissioned

December 1, 2022, 6:02am Health

As Washington’s COVID-19 state of emergency ends, so do some resources associated with the pandemic. Read story

The Washington State Department of Health's "Health-in-motion Care-a-van" makes a stop at St. Joseph Catholic Church to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations in February.

Triple whammy of respiratory illnesses hits Clark County

The Washington State Department of Health's "Health-in-motion Care-a-van" makes a stop at St. Joseph Catholic Church to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations in February.

November 30, 2022, 11:23am Clark County Health

Washington, like the country at large, is in the middle of a “triple whammy” of respiratory illnesses as hospital beds continue to fill with COVID-19, flu and RSV patients. Read story