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

Public Health Highlights:

Emergency Response Partners Practice a Disease Outbreak ScenarioFree Nutrition Classes (Spanish+English) in November & December
Get Your Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Now!Vaccine Information for Parents and Caregivers
More People are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage with Expanded Medi-CalBlack Infant Health Program: 10 Free Prenatal Sessions Starting December 16 - Register Now
Public Health Services Clinics' Locations and SchedulesObesity Prevention in San Joaquin County
Community Health Status ReportMedical Marijuana Identification Card Program
Emergency Response Partners Practice a Disease Outbreak Scenario

The state of California Department of Public Health with its emergency response partners participates with local health departments in an annual statewide exercise. This year's exercise in San Joaquin County (SJC) brought teams together from SJC Public Health Services (PHS), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Hospital Preparedness, Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Environmental Health Department (EHD) and the Office of Emergency Services (OES).

"With the health officers for the county leading the exercise, we were able to plan and simulate the response to a large-scale contagious disease outbreak," remarked Kathleen Conley, PHS Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator. "Exercising our plans and practicing different scenarios each year allows us to improve our skills and capacity to respond and recover from all-hazards incidents. We continue to urge residents to have a personal and family emergency plan, a 'Go-kit' and a 'Shelter-in-Place' cache of supplies." She said at the conclusion of the full-scale exercise.

Free Nutrition Classes (Spanish+English) in November & December

Public Health Services is offering FREE classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are in Spanish and English and open to all. They promote awareness and provide families with an opportunity to learn about making healthy choices, especially with the holidays coming up. No registration is required and drop-ins are welcome at any of the 8 classes.

The classes will be held at Health Net Community Center, 678 N. Wilson Way, Suite 16, Stockton 95205. Classes start on Monday, November 16, from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. They have been scheduled with the holidays in mind. No registration is required and drop-ins are welcome at any of the 8 classes. For more information, call 209-468-8637. To see the full schedule and variety of topics, click here.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle". Consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise are key factors to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of chronic disease and promoting your overall health. Learn more by visiting,

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:

More People are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage with Expanded Medi-Cal

Access to healthcare coverage has changed. Now with Expanded Medi-Cal more people are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage.

  • Income limits have been increased
  • Asset test has been removed
  • Anyone can apply (you don't need to be pregnant, have children, or be disabled to qualify)
Click here for more information in English and Spanish.

Black Infant Health Program: 10 Free Prenatal Sessions Starting December 16 - 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 December 16, 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 Stockton Kids Club, 303 Olympic Circle in Stockton. Registration is required for these free classes. For more information and to register call 209-468-3004.

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.

STOPP Smoking Program