Public Health Services, in partnership with the community, promotes a healthy future for San Joaquin County.
Public Health Highlights:
|ASTHMA AWARENESS IN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY|
|In celebration of World Asthma Day,
the San Joaquin County Asthma & COPD Coalition in collaboration with
Charterhouse Center for Families will be hosting a World Asthma Day Kick-off
Event with the Stockton Ports Baseball Team.
The event will be held on Monday, May 6th at 7:05 pm. Tickets are $2 at
the Ports Ticket Office. Click here for
more information about the event.
Asthma is a long term lung condition that affects the airways. People
of all ages are affected by asthma, but it most often starts during childhood. Data
from the San
Joaquin County Community Health Status Report, 2011,
indicate the prevalence of asthma for all ages in San Joaquin County is above
the statewide rates for California.
with asthma, an asthma attack can happen when they are exposed to
various "asthma triggers". During an asthma attack,
airways become inflamed and narrowed, making it difficult to breathe. Asthma
attacks can be mild, moderate, or serious - and even life threatening.
Treating symptoms early when you
first notice them is important, so they don't become severe. If you or your family
has any of the common symptoms listed below, see your healthcare provider.
The most common signs and symptoms of asthma include:
- Coughing - A dry,
irritating, and continual cough that is often worse at night and early in the morning,
or may get worse with exercise or activity.
- Wheezing is a whistling or
squeaky sound that occurs when you breathe.
tightness, pain, or pressure -
This may feel like something is squeezing or sitting on your chest.
of breath - Feeling like you can't catch
their breath or feeling out of breath. You may also feel like you can't
get air out of your lungs.
Asthma attacks can vary from season to season and are most
commonly triggered by:
important to know that people with asthma can prevent asthma attacks by knowing
their triggers and learning how to avoid them.People with asthma can also manage and control their disease by
following the advice and care plan of their healthcare provider.
more asthma data, information, tips, and resources, click on the organizations
- Allergens - including microscopic dust mites
present in house dust, carpets, and pillows; animal dander and saliva; pollens
and grasses; molds; foods; and cockroaches.
- Tobacco smoke -
including second-hand smoke.
- Outdoor air quality - including air pollution
from burning wood or grass.
- Weather conditions
- including high humidity, freezing
temperatures, and breathing in cold air or hot and dry air.
- Airway infections - including the common cold and influenza
- including air fresheners, aerosols, paint fumes, hair
spray, and perfumes.
|Physical Activity Mini-Grant Opportunity|
|San Joaquin County Public Health Services (SJCPHS) and the Ricky Barnes Foundation are pleased to announce the availability of physical activity mini-grants for eligible youth-serving agencies, schools, and afterschool programs serving low-income children. At least four eligible agencies will be selected to receive mini-grants of up to $5,000 each. Mini-grant recipients will receive "train-the-trainer" training and funding to purchase equipment to support ongoing physical activities.|
Bidders' Workshop: THURSDAY, April 18, 2013 @ 1:00 PM
Application Due Date: FRIDAY, May 3, 2013 @ 4:00 PM
Click to download announcement, application, and addendum #1
|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
|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.|
|Facts and Prevention Measures for 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. For more information to help understand the cause and symptoms of this disease and steps that can be taken to decrease risk of getting infected, click here.|
|The California Department of Public Health Issues Warnings|
Do Not Eat Pappyâ€™s Chipotle Sauce Marinade
Do Not Eat DFI Brand Cantaloupes
Do Not Eat Daniella-Brand Mangoes Due to Health Risk
Do Not Eat Certain Red Vines Black Licorice Candy
Do Not Eat Vagabundo Paletas Candy
Do Not Eat Certain Rewari Candies Imported From India
Do Not Eat Certain Jaggery Candies Imported from India
CDPH Tells Consumers to Return Bed Bath & Beyond â€œDual Ridge Metal Boutique Tissue Boxesâ€
Avoid Wild Mushrooms, State Public Health Director Warns (En EspaÃ±ol)
CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Certain Ready Pac Brand Romaine Lettuce
Sugar Candies Recalled
|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.
|Air Quality Forecast|