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Public Health Services, in partnership with the community, promotes a healthy future for San Joaquin County.

Public Health Highlights:

San Joaquin County Public Health Services Annual Report -2016 April is STD Awareness Month: 'Syphilis Strikes Back'
Affordable Care Act Impact - San Joaquin County Respiratory Illness Report, October 2016–January 2017, Highlighting Current Influenza (Flu) Activity
Get Your Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Now!Zika Virus
More People are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage with Expanded Medi-CalMedical Marijuana Identification Card Program
San Joaquin County Public Health Services Annual Report -2016

Public Health Services (PHS) works to protect the public's health and promote a healthy future for all residents. The just released Annual Report for 2016 provides a snapshot of the work and services provided this past year. It reviews selected data and program information, highlights some successes and challenges, and mentions a few of the main issues to address during 2017.

To read the full Annual Report, click here.

For additional data reports, click here.

For PHS programs and services, click here.

April is STD Awareness Month: 'Syphilis Strikes Back'

April is STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) Awareness month. Syphilis rates are increasing across the U.S. and in most communities. To underscore the importance of reversing this trend, the entire month of April will be dedicated to syphilis prevention. Under the umbrella theme of ‘Syphilis Strikes Back’, each week will address a different aspect of what’s happening with syphilis today. Visit STD Awareness Month website for more information.

April 1-8: Syphilis in the U.S.

April 9-15: Syphilis among gay, bisexual and other MSM

April 16-22: Syphilis among women, pregnant women, and newborns

April 23-30: Disrupt Syphilis!

For more information on testing, visit

Affordable Care Act Impact - San Joaquin County

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has dramatically increased the revenue from Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California), significantly lowered County costs, and expanded access to patients seeking services within the County health care system. Medicaid now provides health care coverage to 40% of San Joaquin County residents, nearly 300,000 individuals (2016 County population: 733,383). Of these enrollees, 73,773 became newly eligible under ACA Medicaid Expansion.

For San Joaquin General Hospital, San Joaquin County Clinics (the County Federally Qualified Health Centers -Look Alike) and San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services, the Medicaid Expansion (MCE) to childless adults has been the most significant and positive change of the ACA. This population had previously been uninsured and considered indigent under California statute. This population is typically very low income (under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level), homeless or housing insecure, and disconnected from preventive services or the health care system, accessing it only episodically - and most expensively – in hospital emergency departments, crisis mental health units, or in jail.

The expanded health care delivery infrastructure and population served by MCE is most in jeopardy with any repeal or (unknown) replacement of the ACA. If federal payments for this optional expansion are repealed and California ends or curtails this program, these enrollees would once again become uninsured.

Please see the following three documents which outline the impacts of the potential repeal of the ACA:

Respiratory Illness Report, October 2016–January 2017, Highlighting Current Influenza (Flu) Activity


  • Influenza is active throughout San Joaquin County (SJC)
  • SJC Public Health Services (PHS) has received reports of hospitalizations, deaths, and outbreaks due to influenza
  • Most of the specimens tested at San Joaquin County Public Health Laboratory were positive for influenza


Includes the latest information available regarding influenza activity reported to PHS (as of January 28, 2017).

NOTES: 1YTD started at Week 40(10/2/2016).
Table: Reportable Disease and Conditions
Indicators Weeks 3 & 4
(January 15-28)
Severe Influenza cases(ages < 65 yrs) 8 12
Intensive Care Unit(ICU) admission
           due to influenza (ages <65 yrs)
5 8
Deaths due to influenza (ages <65 yrs) 3 4
Deaths due to Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
(ages <5 yrs)
0 1
Respiratory outbreaks 1 3

Because data are preliminary, the information may be updated in later reports as additional data are received.

Get Your Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Now!

Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot now (it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body). The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications. In addition, frequent handwashing, covering your cough & sneeze, and staying home if you are sick can help stop the spread of influenza.

Flu shots are offered at many doctor’s offices, clinics, pharmacies, college health centers and San Joaquin County Public Health Services, as well as by many employers, and even by some schools. To find a location near you, type your zip code into the “Flu Vaccine Finder” on this page.

For more information, visit: or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).

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Zika Virus

Current CDC Zika Virus Updates

Click on the links below for specific topics regarding the Zika Virus:

Zika Virus

Zika & Travel

Zika Virus Prevention Information

Zika & Pregnant Women

For more information on Zika virus disease and other mosquito-borne illnesses:

More People are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage with Expanded Medi-Cal

Access to healthcare coverage has changed. Now with Expanded Medi-Cal more people are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage.

  • Income limits have been increased
  • Asset test has been removed
  • Anyone can apply (you don't need to be pregnant, have children, or be disabled to qualify)
Click here for more information in English and Spanish.

Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program

Image of Medical Marijuana ID CardThe Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) was established to provide a voluntary medical marijuana identification card issuance and registry program for qualified patients and their caregivers.

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