If you’re looking for information about a flu shot, getting health insurance, assisting someone who’s elderly, or most other health-related issues, there are local organizations that can help. Of course, if you have specific medical questions, it’s best to consult a health professional.
- When to go to the emergency room
- Find average wait times at local emergency rooms
- Report abuse or neglect of a child or adult ………. 1-866-363-4276
- Washington Poison Center ………. Emergency: 1-800-222-1222
- Washington Recovery Help Line ………. 1-866-789-1511
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ………. 1-800-273-8255
- Find a state health plan: The Washington Healthplanfinder can help residents pick a health insurance plan.
- Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner: This state agency oversees the insurance industry, and answers questions and investigates complaints from citizens. It also has volunteers who advise consumers on health-coverage issues.
- How to avoid the flu: Tips to stay healthy, and find out where to get vaccinated by using your ZIP Code.
- Immunizations & vaccinations: Information on vaccines for children, those traveling, and workers and other adults.
- Public Health – Seattle & King County: Health alerts and links to everything health-related in King County.
- Gun safety: Reducing the risks to children and other loved ones.
Keeping Kids Healthy
- Kids health: Offers information about health, behavior and development from before birth through the teen years. There are sections written for parents, kids and teens.
- Keeping a healthy weight: Helping kids eat right for lifelong health.
- Whooping cough (pertussis): Infants are at greatest risk for severe illness, hospitalization and even death from whooping cough.
For the Elderly
- Senior services: Programs, services and resources offered by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.
- Mental health advance directive: How to set up a document that describes what you want to happen if you become incapacitated by mental illness.
- Living will vs Polst vs DPOA: Essential healthcare documents for both seniors and other adults.
- Washington State Social and Health Services: Helps children, families, vulnerable adults and seniors with medical and behavioral health care and other difficulties.
- Keep track of your medications: Fill out this form and keep it in your wallet or purse to share it with your doctor, pharmacist or other health care provider to prevent harmful drug interactions and unnecessary duplication.
- How to dispose of medications: Flushing unused medicine down the toilet may not be the safest way to get rid of them.
- Prepare your home for emergencies: Tips on how to be ready for and respond to emergencies, from earthquakes to pandemics.
- Healthfinder.gov: Information on staying healthy, from allergies to sexually transmitted diseases to workplace health.
- Medline Plus: A website by the National Institutes of Health for patients and their families and friends.