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

Public Health Highlights:

April is STD Awareness Month - Get Informed!West Nile Virus
Seasonal Influenza - It Is Time To Take Action For PreventionVaccine Information for Parents
Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)Public Health Services Clinics' Locations and Schedules
The California Department of Public Health Issues WarningsObesity Prevention in San Joaquin County
Community Health Status ReportMedical Marijuana Identification Card Program
April is STD Awareness Month - Get Informed!
While sexually transmitted diseases affect individuals of all ages, STDs take a particularly heavy toll on young people. CDC estimates that youth ages 15-24 make up just over one-quarter of the sexually active population, but account for half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur in the United States each year.

1 in 2 sexually active people will get an STD by the age of 25. Most won't know it. The only way to find out is to Get Yourself Tested. GYT is about knowing yourself, and knowing your status.

For information on San Joaquin County Public Health Services STD program, clinic schedules and services, go to click here.

For information about sexually transmitted diseases, go to http://www.cdc.gov/std/

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

Seasonal Influenza - It Is Time To Take Action For 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Take everyday preventive actions like covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, avoiding contact with people who are sick, and staying home when sick.
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 through any of the Public Health Services clinics is $17, but no one will be turned away because of inability to pay.

To view the Regular Clinic Schedule, including the Immunization Clinic hours for influenza vaccine provided at the Public Health Services clinics, click here.
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/

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.

Additional Resources:
Public Health Services Clinics' Locations and Schedules
For clinic locations and hours, please click here.
The California Department of Public Health Issues Warnings
Do Not To Eat Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend Frozen Berries
Do Not Eat Pappy's Chipotle Sauce Marinade

Do Not Eat DFI Brand Cantaloupes
Do Not Eat Daniella-Brand Mangoes Due to Health Risk 
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.
  • 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

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.

STOPP Smoking Program