Report: People in King County are healthy, long-living

King County residents are generally healthy and are living longer, though many communities are facing significant ongoing and emerging challenges, according to a new report issued by the Seattle-King County Public Health Department.

“In many ways, King County is healthier. Residents can expect to live five years longer than they did 20 years ago, as well as longer than those in the rest of the state and the nation,” said Dorothy Teeter, the department’s interim director.

She said the death rates from heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic lung disease are getting lower.

Other areas of improvement include, according to the report (on-line at: include childhood immunization rates, hepatitis A and B rates and immunization, mammogram screenings, smoking, seatbelt use, motor vehicle injury deaths and hospitalizations, gun-related deaths, infant mortality rates, asthma and outdoor air quality.

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