Health Beat

Health Officers for Lewis County are Dr. Alan Melnick and Dr. Steven Krager


Dr. Rachel Wood was Lewis County's Health Officer through February 2021. Dr. Wood released articles she had written with current information for the benefit of all citizens of Lewis County. These articles are still provided for anyone who would like to read through her writings.

Hepatitis A Rates Climbing

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) declared a hepatitis A disease outbreak in July 2019, with 27 reported cases statewide. That was nearly as many cases reported in just …

Posted: Jan. 14, 2020

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We All Have a Role in Preventing Suicide - December 2019

As we approach another holiday season, the annual myth that suicides spike during the holidays starts making the rounds. The truth is, the suicide rate is lowest in December. The …

Posted: Dec. 6, 2019

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What You Need to Know about Vaping-Related Injuries, Deaths - November 2019

Vaping-related lung injuries, deaths, and a state ban have all been in the news recently, but with things moving so quickly, it’s good to share an overview of what we …

Posted: Nov. 12, 2019

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Breast Milk is a Universal Solution - October 2019

Experts say that in a world filled with inequality, crises, and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. Breast milk is a natural, renewable …

Posted: Oct. 9, 2019

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Get Medically Ready for Winter - September 2019

Changes in medicine and medical technology mean more people are living longer with chronic conditions than ever before in human history. While those extra years are certainly a benefit to …

Posted: Sept. 6, 2019

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Does Your Back-to-School Checklist Include Vaccinations?

Making sure your children are vaccinated on time is an important step toward ensuring their long-term health. Immunization is the single-most effective way parents can protect their children against serious …

Posted: Aug. 12, 2019

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Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke - July 2019

From all the predictions we’ve seen, we are expecting a bad wildfire season this summer, even here on the usually damp, green west side of the mountains. As the fire …

Posted: July 10, 2019

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Pets Are Good for You - June 2019

Research on human-animal interactions is still a fairly new science. Many studies have shown positive emotional and physiological health effects of pet ownership. Six out of 10 pet owners say …

Posted: June 7, 2019

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Break Out the Grill, It's National Barbecue Month

Memorial Day at the end of May is the unofficial annual start of outdoor activities in the Northwest – camping, picnics, and of course barbecuing. But why wait until the …

Posted: May 3, 2019

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Raise Your Own Healthy Food - April 2019

With every passing year, we move further away from the time when people grew most of the food their families ate. Our busy, modern lives and more compact living conditions …

Posted: April 3, 2019

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