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

Public Health Highlights:

September is National Preparedness Month: "Prepare for Everywhere"West Nile Virus
Vaccine Information for Parents and CaregiversPublic Health Services Clinics' Locations and Schedules
August and September:
Free Classes on Eating Smart and Being Active
agosto y septiembre:
Clases gratuitas en Coma Bien y Mantengase Activo
Black Infant Health Program
Obesity Prevention in San Joaquin CountyCommunity Health Status Report
Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program
September is National Preparedness Month: "Prepare for Everywhere"

Disaster preparedness can prevent an unexpected emergency situation from becoming worse. Everyone is encouraged to plan, prepare and be ready for all-hazards emergencies or disasters. Know about the risks, be informed, make a plan, build a kit and get prepared for disasters that may occur wherever you are: home , school, work , play, in the neighborhood or travelling. Click on the link "Prepare for Everywhere" for more information on what you should do to keep yourself, your family, pets and community members safe and ready to respond.

Each week during the month of September, this website will have preparedness tips that will help guide you in being prepared for the next emergency or disaster. Step One: Make a Plan (click here)

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

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:

Public Health Services Clinics' Locations and Schedules
For clinic locations and hours, please click here.
August and September:
Free Classes on Eating Smart and Being Active
agosto y septiembre:
Clases gratuitas en Coma Bien y Mantengase Activo

Public Health Services is offering FREE classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. The classes are open to all. No registration is required and drop-ins are welcome at any of the 7 classes.
For classes at the Manteca Library, click here.
For classes at Health Net Community Center in Stockton, click here.
For more information, call 209-468-2406.

 Los Servicios de Salud Pública están ofreciendo clases gratuitas que se centran en mejorar la nutrición y la actividad física. Las clases están abiertas a todos. No es necesario registrarse y todos son bienvenidos en cualquiera de las 7 clases.
Para clases en Manteca Library, haga clic aquí.
Para clases en Health Net Community Center en Stockton, haga clic aquí.
Para obtener más información, llame al 209-468-2406.

Black Infant Health Program

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. For more information call 209-468-3004.

Obesity Prevention in San Joaquin County
Sick Little boy

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