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Public Health

"Always working for a safer and healthier Skagit County"
Director: Jennifer Johnson
Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health professionals analyze the effect on health of genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of your family and community.

Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country.

Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or re-occurring through implementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services, regulating health systems and some health professions, and conducting research, in contrast to clinical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. It is also a field that is concerned with limiting health disparities and a large part of public health is the fight for health care equity, quality, and accessibility.

NEWS

How to Obtain a Copy of My Medical Record

Skagit County Public Health will release your medical information to you or any agency that you designate after receiving your completed Authorization for Exchange of Information application. Return the completed application to us along with the appropriate fee prior to us releasing your information.

Please contact Skagit County Public Health at (360) 336-9380 to determine the correct fee as our prices do vary. There is no fee for releasing medical records to doctor’s offices, or immunization records to schools.

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Ebola Virus Disease

Washington State does not have any cases of Ebola Virus Disease.  The risk of an outbreak of Ebola in the United States is very low.  Learn the facts about Ebola Virus Disease from:

What we are doing in Skagit County
Skagit County Public Health & Community Services has been working in collaboration with all local hospitals, as well as Emergency Medical Services (EMS), health care provider offices, and colleges to assure we are prepared to safely evaluate any potential Ebola cases. This collaboration will assure the containment of disease and adequate care for any and all individuals.  If you have general questions regarding Ebola preparedness in Skagit County you may call 360-336-9474.

Notice to travelers returning from Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, or other area with active Ebola cases
If in the past 21 days you have traveled from or have had contact with an ill person from an affected area including Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, or other areas with active Ebola cases notify Skagit County Public Health & Community Services at 360 336-9397.


Clinical Services Notice

Effective December 15, 2014, we will no longer be providing travel clinical services to out of county residents.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.  We have listed the surrounding county health departments or districts phone number for your convenience.  We would recommend calling them to inquire what services are available in your area.

Island County: 
Oak Harbor & North Whidbey (360) 240-5554 extension 22
South Whidbey (360) 221-8482
Camano Island (360) 387-0184

San Juan County   (360) 378-4474

Snohomish Health District:
Everett location (425) 339-5220
Lynnwood location (425) 775-3522

Whatcom County  (360) 676-4593

FLU VACINATIONS SAVE LIVES

Every year thousands of people in the United States die from flu (CDC, 2014-2015 VIS); even more will be hospitalized from complications of Influenza.

Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. 

It is especially important for;

  • Young children
  • People 65 and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with health conditions like; heart, lung, or kidney disease, nervouse system disorders, or a weakened immune system.
  • Care givers and household contacts of the above people
  • Care givers and household contacts of infants less than 6 months of age

Get your flu shot now; it is widely available through your health care providers office, pharmacies or here at the Health Department during our walk in clinics; Monday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Enterovirus D68
September 19, 2014:  Washington State Department of Health is receiving reports of possible Enterovirus D68 cases in the state.  This cold-like virus can have serious health impacts for children with asthma or other respiratory problems.  Learn more
Get Vaccinated for Measles Now

There have been a number of measles cases recently in Washington State. In unrelated cases, residents of Whatcom County, San Juan County and a traveler passing through SeaTac airport were identified as contagious while in and traveling through multiple counties during the past two weeks.

Most people are immune but measles is highly contagious even before the rash starts, and is easily spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes — if you're not vaccinated, you can get the measles just by walking into a room where someone with the disease has been in the past couple of hours. Consult your health care provider for more information. The two links below provide more information.

Food Worker Cards Available Online

Do you work in Food Service? Food Worker cards are required for any employee in a food service establishment. Do you need to obtain a food worker card or renew an existing one? It is now more convenient than ever!

Skagit County Public Health Department is pleased to announce an Online Food Worker Card Class. Participants can take the training and test, pay by credit card and print out a food worker card from any computer. Follow this link: www.foodworkercard.wa.gov. The video and test are available in multiple languages on this site. The Health Department will continue to offer testing at our Mount Vernon office Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.

For more information, check Food Worker Card Frequently Asked Questions on our website www.skagitcounty.net/food or call the Health Department food safety staff at 360-336-9474.

Vaccination Planning
"Walk In" clinic for immunizations is open:
Monday and Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Travelers MUST check in NO later than 2:30

Travel consultations are by appointment only. 
Wednesday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Call the phone number listed below to schedule an appointment.
We carry all domestic and travel vaccines.
Our address is 700 South 2nd St. Administration Building, Room 301.
Phone (360) 336-9477.

Administration, Food & Beverage Testing, Vital Statistics: (360) 336-9380 *
Nursing Clinics and Personal Health Services: (360) 336-9477 *
FAX: (360) 336 9401

Environmental Public Health
1800 Continental Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Environmental Health: (360) 336-9474 *
FAX: (360) 419-3408


*See Program and Services Guide for specific phone numbers and hours
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