Whooping Cough spreading in San Juan County - Vaccinations urged

The whooping cough (pertussis) outbreak continues San Juan County with  27 probable and confirmed cases among residents. Immediate vaccination is highly recommended for children and adults. The disease gets its common name from the whooping sound it makes, shown on this YouTube video.

Contact health care providers or the county Health and Community Services Department at 378-4474 to arrange for the vaccination and/or for more information.

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CDC: Current flu activity is low; outlook for vaccine is good

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the initial “FluView” report for the U.S. 2011–2012 flu season with the message that flu activity is currently low, making this the perfect time to get vaccinated. There should be lots of vaccine available, because the supply is projected to set a U.S. record.

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Seven Pertussis Cases on San Juan Island

There are now seven confirmed or probable case of pertussis on San Juan Island according to County Health Officer Frank James. In 2011, there have been 58 cases in infants  less than one year of age. Twenty-two of them were hospitalized, including one from San Juan County.  Of those 22 infants hospitalized, 18 were three-months of age or younger including two who died.

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Nominate an Island Steward

Do you have a friend or neighbor who takes exceptional care of their land? A teacher who inspires students to understand and care for the environment? A business that has been a leader in sustainable business practices? Here is an opportunity to recognize exemplary members of our community who have shown their commitment to preserving and protecting the San Juan Islands.

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Larsen Welcomes EPA Move to Halt Bristol Bay Pebble Mine Proposal

For those who attended the Friday Harbor Film Festival and saw Red Gold this is welcome news.

WASHINGTON—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) move to stop the proposed Pebble Mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Larsen opposes development of the Pebble Mine, which would hurt Washington fishers by damaging a critical salmon fishery.

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Around the Web: Pine smell 'limits' climate change

This information about a recent discovery by scientists is expecially relevant in the islands as the county government wrestle with rules and regulations aimed at protecting the environment. It is a good illustration of how much we don't know and why environmental protection is vital.

The article "Smell of forest pine can limit climate change" on BBC.com explains how the scent of pine forest positively affects the impacts of global warning.

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