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Public Health Highlights:

Be Prepared - Practice Earthquake Drills!October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
Get Your Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Now!Vaccine Information for Parents and Caregivers
Black Infant Health Program: 10 Free Prenatal Sessions Starting September 23 - Register NowWest Nile Virus
Public Health Services Clinics' Locations and SchedulesObesity Prevention in San Joaquin County
Community Health Status ReportMedical Marijuana Identification Card Program
Be Prepared - Practice Earthquake Drills!

Join the Great American ShakeOut earthquake drills, October 15, 2015 at 10:15 AM. Individuals, communities, schools and businesses throughout the nation use this time to:

For more information, click the links below:
Great ShakeOut earthquake drills and Drop, Cover and Hold On

Para obtener más información, haga clic en los siguientes enlaces:Simulacros de terremoto el gran Shakeout y Agacharse, Cubrirse y Agarrarse

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

Sleep Safe babySIDS is defined as the sudden, unexpected death of an infant younger than 1 year of age.

It typically occurs during sleep.

SIDS is rare during the first month of life. Risk peaks in infants 2-4 months of age and then declines.

SIDS is every parent's worst nightmare.  Research has shown that the risk of an infant dying from SIDS can be reduced by following a number of Safe Infant Sleep recommendations:

  • Infants should sleep flat on their backs for every sleep.
  • Use a firm sleep surface without blankets, quilts, sheepskin, etc.
  • Room-sharing, but not bedsharing, is recommended.
  • Keep objects and loose bedding out of the crib.
  • Pregnant women should receive regular prenatal care.
  • Avoid cigarette smoke exposure during and after pregnancy.  Infants should never be exposed to cigarette smoke.
  • Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during and after pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended.
  • Consider offering a pacifier at sleep, but do not persist if the infant refuses it.
  • Avoid overheating.  Do not overdress sleeping infants.
  • Infants should receive regular immunizations on the normal schedule.
  • Avoid commercial devices marketed to prevent SIDS.

While these Safe Infant Sleep recommendations will not prevent all SIDS, they will reduce a baby's chance of dying from SIDS.

October is SIDS Awareness Month.  Please adhere to Safe Infant Sleep recommendations if you care for any infant, and help support those families who have had a baby die from SIDS.

Find more information in:  What Does A Safe Sleep Environment Look Like? (Eng-Span pdf)

Get Your Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Now!

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. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.

Some people are at greater risk for serious complications if they get the flu; including the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease). Complications of flu can include pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. Frequent handwashing, covering your cough & sneeze, and staying home if you are sick can help stop the spread of influenza.

To get flu vaccine, first check with your healthcare provider. If you cannot get flu vaccine from your healthcare provider or you do not have one, find a location near you by typing your zip code into the "Flu Vaccine Finder" on this page.

The fee for influenza vaccination through the Public Health Services (PHS) Clinic is $20, but no one will be turned away because of inability to pay. Click here for the PHS immunization clinic schedule.For additional tips on preventing influenza, click on this link, .

Vaccine Information for Parents and Caregivers
Most parents and caregivers today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases can have on a child, a family, or community. Thanks to vaccines, many of these diseases are not common in the U.S., but they persist around the world.  Immunizations are still the best way to protect children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.  
CDC recently launched a new website designed with input from parents of babies and toddlers. This site features easy-to-find vaccine information, including:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has an online resource, Vaccines for Children, A Guide for Parents and Caregivers (en Español: Vacunas para niños: una guía para padres y cuidadores), that describes in more detail the types of routinely administered vaccines available for children, and answers many of the questions posed by parents and caregivers.

Personal stories of vaccine preventable diseases can be found on the website:

Black Infant Health Program: 10 Free Prenatal Sessions Starting September 23 - Register Now

Black babies die at more than three times the rate of other babies in all populations in the first year of life. They die because they are born too soon and too small. The mission of the Public Health Services Black Infant Health (BIH) program is to close the gap in infant mortality by helping women in the program have a healthy pregnancy. BIH empowers women to make healthy life choices for themselves and their families. We build on the strengths of our clients, we honor our unique history and traditions as people of African descent and we include information important to African American women.

To enroll in the BIH program women must be 18 years or older, 26 weeks or less pregnant, and identify as African American. Starting September 23, the program is offering a new series of 10 Free Prenatal Sessions. All classes are held from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, at the Diamond Cove II Family Resource Center, 5506 Tam O'Shanter Drive in Stockton. Registration is required for these free classes. For more information and to register call 209-468-3004.

West Nile Virus

West  Nile Virus is a seasonal health riskfight the bite in California and San Joaquin  County.  Transmitted to humans by mosquito bite, the risk season  generally runs from May through October.  To find out more about how  you can dead birdprevent West Nile Virus infection, please use this link: More  Info (Informacion Sobre el Virus del Nilo  Occidental)


Additional Resources: State of California Site for West Nile, Vector Control

Public Health Services Clinics' Locations and Schedules
For clinic locations and hours, please click here.
Obesity Prevention in San Joaquin County
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Is there a quick answer to the question, "what contributes to overweight and obesity?"

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a variety of factors that play a role in obesity. This makes it a complex health issue to address. Individual behavior, the physical environment, and genetic factors may all have an effect in causing people to be overweight and obese.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is the most widely used measurement for obesity. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height, and is a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people.  To calculate your BMI, and for more information, click here.

Additional Resources:
  • For more information about causes of obesity and how to prevent/control it, click here.

Community Health Status Report

The report below examines data for various health indicators and provides discussion on the data and trends that are of particular significance for San Joaquin County Residents:

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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