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

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Zika VirusWhat is PrEP?
Free Classes on Eating Smart and Being Active ‐ January through March
Clases gratuitas en Coma Bien, Manténgase Activo ‐ De enero a marzo
Get Your Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Now!
Black Infant Health Program: 10 Free Prenatal Sessions Starting January 7 - Register NowVaccine Information for Parents and Caregivers
More People are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage with Expanded Medi-CalPublic Health Services Clinics' Locations and Schedules
Obesity Prevention in San Joaquin CountyCommunity Health Status Report
Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program
Zika Virus

Click on the links below for important information regarding the Zika Virus:

Zika Virus - Although sexual transmission of Zika virus is possible, mosquito bites remain the primary way that Zika virus is transmitted. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in five people infected will get sick and, for most people, the illness is mild. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). All cases of the Zika disease reported in the United States have been returning travelers coming from affected countries.

Zika & Travel - The CDC has issued travel alerts (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. For a full list of affected countries/regions, check this site regularly: . All travelers to or residents of areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission should strictly follow measures to prevent mosquito bites.

Zika Virus Prevention Information - Mosquitoes that spread Zika are aggressive daytime biters, and live indoors and outdoors near people. These mosquitoes also bite at night. Travelers and residents of areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing are at risk of being infected. Because there currently is no vaccine or treatment for Zika virus, the best way to avoid Zika virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites.

Zika & Pregnant Women - Poor outcomes have been seen in babies of mothers who were infected during pregnancy with Zika virus. CDC advises that pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Women trying to become pregnant should consult with their healthcare provider before traveling to these areas as well.

For more information on Zika virus disease and other mosquito-borne illnesses:

What is PrEP?

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a daily pill that can prevent HIV infection. If you take PrEP every day, it greatly reduces your risk of HIV.


Free Classes on Eating Smart and Being Active ‐ January through March
Clases gratuitas en Coma Bien, Manténgase Activo ‐ De enero a marzo

Help is here for a Healthy New Year!

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 January 27, 2016, Public Health Services is offering FREE classes that focus on improving nutrition and physical activity.

The classes are held at the Health Net Community Center, 678 N. Wilson Way, Suite 16, Stockton 95205. You do not need to register and “drop-ins” are welcome at any of the classes. For more information, call 209-468-2406. To see the full schedule and topics of the classes, click here.

 ¡Aquí está la ayuda para empezar un nuevo año saludablemente!
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 27 de enero, los Servicios de Salud Pública están ofreciendo clases GRATUITAS que se centran en mejorar la nutrición y la actividad física.

Las clases serán ofrecidas en el Centro Comunitario de HealthNet, 678 N. Wilson Way, Suite 16, Stockton 95205. No es necesario registrarse y todos son bienvenidos en cualquiera de las clases. Para obtener más información, llame al 209-468-2406. Para ver el horario completo y los temas de las clases, haga clic aquí.

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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, .

Black Infant Health Program: 10 Free Prenatal Sessions Starting January 7 - 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, identify as African American, and able to commit to attending the 10 Prenatal and 10 Postpartum Group Sessions. Starting January 7, 2016, 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 Health Net of California, Community Solutions Center, 678 N. Wilson Way in Stockton. Registration is required for these free classes. For more information and to register call 209-468-3004 or 209-953-7074.

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.

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