|Please Note: Effective August 1, 2014,The Tuberculosis Clinic hours of operation will change. The new hours will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30am to 3:45pm. Check in by 3:30.
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.
May 21, 2014: State Health Department warns consumers not to eat raw clover sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Produce.
|Get Vaccinated for Measles
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
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.
The Health Department has walk in hours. The
walk in clinic is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from
9am to 3:30 pm (travelers MUST check in NO later than 2:30).
Travelers may come to the walk in clinic for vaccinations and
consultations. No appointments are necessary. We carry all domestic
and travel vaccines. Our address is 700 South 2nd St. Administration
Building, Room 301. It is in the courthouse complex downtown
Mount Vernon. 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
and Services Guide for specific phone numbers and hours