Public Health Services, in partnership with the community, promotes a healthy future for San Joaquin County.
Public Health Highlights:
|Seasonal Influenza - It Is Time To Take Action For Flu Prevention|
Influenza is a serious contagious disease that can cause significant illness, hospitalization and even death. Influenza illness is preventable. The main action steps recommended for protecting you and others from influenza illness are:
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 a healthcare provider, vaccine is available through a network of private doctors, clinics, pharmacies as well as public health centers. Find a location near you by typing your zip code into the "Flu Vaccine Finder" on this page. The fee for influenza vaccination at any of the Public Health Services clinics is $20, but no one will be turned away because of inability to pay.
- The most important step is for everyone 6 months and older to get a yearly flu vaccination. It is especially important for pregnant women, seniors, people with underlying medical conditions and anyone who spends time with infants.
- Take everyday preventive actions like covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, avoiding contact with people who are sick, and staying home when sick.
|Special Free Flu Shot Clinics at Community Sites for ages 9 years and older - 2 Days Only|
Special Free Flu Shot Clinics at Community Sites, 2 DAYS ONLY on October 28 and 29 from 10 am - 2 pm. These clinics are for anyone 9 years of age and older. To see the days and locations, click here for English or Spanish
|October is SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Awareness Month|
Nearly 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. Most of these deaths result from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. SIDS is the leading cause of deaths for babies under 1 year of age.
Although there is no known way to prevent SIDS completely there are ways for parents and caregivers to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Many of these actions aim to create the safest possible sleep environment for baby.
- Always place your baby to sleep on his or her back, for naps and at night.
- Have the baby share your room, not your bed. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else. Try room sharing - keeping baby's sleep area in the same room where you sleep. If you bring baby into your bed to breastfeed, make sure to put him or her back into a separate sleep area, such as a safety-approved crib, bassinet, or portable play area when you are finished.
- Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved* crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
- Keep soft objects, toys, pillows, crib bumpers, and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area.
- Dress your baby in no more than one layer of clothing more than an adult would wear to be comfortable, and leave the blanket out of the crib. A one-piece sleeper or wearable blanket can be used for sleep clothing. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.
To reduce the risk of SIDS, women should:
- Breastfeed your baby.
- Avoid smoking during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby.
|West Nile Virus|
West Nile Virus is a seasonal health risk 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 prevent 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
|Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)|
|The technical name for Valley Fever is Coccidioidomycosis, or "cocci" for short. It is caused by Coccidioides immitis, a fungus somewhat like yeast or mildew which lives in the soil in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. In California, "cocci" predominates in the San Joaquin Valley. In both 2010 and 2011 the number of reported cases of Valley Fever increased in San Joaquin County. The highest rates in San Joaquin County are found in Tracy.|
|Vaccine Information for Parents|
|Most parents 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:Personal stories of vaccine preventable diseases can be found on the website: http://shotbyshot.org/
|Public Health Services Clinics' Locations and Schedules|
|For clinic locations and hours, please click here.|
|Obesity Prevention in San Joaquin County|
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.
- For more information about causes of obesity and how to prevent/control it, click here.
- For more information about what is being done in San Joaquin County, 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|
The Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) was established to provide a voluntary medical marijuana identification card issuance and registry program for qualified patients and their caregivers.