Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu.
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.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot now (it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body). The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications. In addition, frequent handwashing, covering your cough & sneeze, and staying home if you are sick can help stop the spread of influenza.
Flu shots are offered at many doctor’s offices, clinics, pharmacies, college health centers and San Joaquin County Public Health Services, as well as by many employers, and even by some schools. To find a location near you, type your zip code into the “Flu Vaccine Finder” on this page.
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. Starting November 1, 2016, Public Health Services is offering FREE classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity. These nutrition classes will promote awareness and provide families with an opportunity to learn about making healthy food/meal choices, especially with the holidays coming up.
The classes are held at the Public Health Services, 420 S. Wilson Way, Stockton 95205. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes. For more information, call 209-468-8637. To see the full schedule and topics of the classes, Click Here
Consumir menos calorías, elegir alimentos saludables y ejercicio diario son factores clave para mantener un peso saludable, reducir el riesgo de enfermedades crónicas y la promoción de su salud en general. Comenzando el 1 de Noviembre, los Servicios de Salud Pública están ofreciendo clases GRATUITAS que se centran en mejorar la nutrición y la actividad física. Estas clases de nutrición serán una oportunidad para promover el conocimiento para que las familias aprendan a tomar decisiones de alimentos/comida sana, especialmente con las fiestas pendientes.
Las clases serán ofrecidas en el Public Health Services, 420 S. Wilson Way, Stockton 95205. No es necesario registrarse y todos son bienvenidos en cualquiera de las clases. Para obtener más información, llame al 209-468-8637. Para ver el horario completo y los temas de las clases, haga clic aquí
Infants under 1-year-old should share a room - but not a bed - with their parents, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). These recommendations are aimed at preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths in very young children. This comes in the wake of recent research that indicates having infants sleep in the same room as their parents, but in a separate crib or bassinette, can reduce the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%.
These expanded AAP recommendations for creating a safe sleep environment and protecting infants from sleep-related deaths include:
Placing the baby on his or her back for every sleep by every caregiver until the child reaches 1 year of age.
Putting the baby to sleep on a firm sleep surface (such as a crib or bassinette) covered by a fitted sheet, with no other bedding or soft objects. This means no like crib bumpers, blankets, pillows or soft toys.
Having the baby sleep in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for the first year of life, but at least for the first 6 months.
Avoiding smoke exposure, alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
Exclusive breastfeeding, unless contraindicated, for at least the first 6 months of baby’s life.
For more information on Safe Sleep, SIDS Prevention and SIDS Bereavement, visit:
Public Health Services (PHS) works to protect the public's health and promote a healthy future for all residents. The just released Annual Report for 2015 provides a snapshot of the work and services provided this past year. It reviews selected data and program information, highlights some successes and challenges, and mentions a few of the main issues to address during 2016.