Director of Public Health
Alvaro Garza, MD, MPH
1601 E. Hazelton Ave.
Stockton, CA 95205
PO Box 2009
Stockton, CA 95201-2009
(209) 468-3411 Phone
(209) 468-3823 Fax
Public Health Services, in partnership with the community, promotes a healthy future for San Joaquin County.
Public Health Highlights:
|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/
|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.
|What You Need to Know Now - Facts About Ebola|
At a time when Ebola is all over the news, we want to make sure you have the clear-cut facts about Ebola. Get informed and share this information with your friends and family to make sure they know the facts about Ebola, click here for a downloadable flyer. More detailed information on Ebola may be found at sjcphs.org/emprep/EPEbola.aspx . The basic facts everyone needs to know about Ebola include:
- Ebola is NOT spread through casual contact, air, water, or food grown or legally purchased in the United States.
- Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of someone who is already showing symptoms of the disease.
- The symptoms of Ebola include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus, though 8-10 days is most common.
- If a person does not have symptoms, they are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms or has died of the disease.
Everyone is encouraged to keep informed by visiting official public health websites for timely and accurate information, such as:
|Public Health Services Clinics' Locations and Schedules|
|For clinic locations and hours, please click here.|
|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.|
|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.