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Upcoming Workshop: Cottage Food Operations
The Health Department invites the public to attend a free workshop: "Cottage Food Operations: Launch a Food Business from your Home." The workshop will teach important requirements on how to become a cottage food operator, safely process food, and make proper food labels.
Light refreshments will be served. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Date: September 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 PM (registration begins at 5:30PM)
Where: Miller Family Health Education Center, 3820 Cherry Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807

For more information on the cottage industry workshop, please contact Monica Cardenas at
(562) 570-4494 or foodinspectors@longbeach.gov or visit our Cottage Food website.



First Case of West Nile Virus in Long Beach for 2014

Long Beach's first case of West Nile Virus for 2014 confirmed on Thursday, August 7th is an important reminder for residents to take precautions this summer/fall against mosquitos. Be sure to visit our section West Nile Virus Prevention page for tips on what you can do to protect yourself and your family from West Nile Virus.

Some things you should know about West Nile Virus:

  • West Nile Virus is passed by mosquitoes - it is not passed from one person to another.
  • A person with West Nile Virus develops symptoms 3-14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. However, only about 1 in 150 persons with the virus develop symptoms. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, and occasional rash. Some people develop more severe symptoms, including stiff neck, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, loss of vision, convulsions, numbness, and paralysis.
  • The elderly and those who are immunocompromised are more likely to develop severe disease.

For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the Department's West Nile Virus Information Page.


Stay Cool in the Heat

The Health Department reminds residents to stay cool with higher temperatures in Long Beach. Visit our Heat Information page for tips on preventing heat-related illness.


Pertussis Cases in Long Beach

The City of Long Beach is currently experiencing a higher number of cases of pertussis (also known as whooping cough) than usual. Pertussis is easy to spread from one person to another when someone with pertussis coughs and is in close contact with others. Symptoms include a runny nose and a cough that may last up to 2 weeks, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits. Although most children receive 5 doses of the pertussis vaccine (DTaP) before kindergarten, the vaccine does not provide lifelong immunity, and booster shots are needed throughout life.

Vaccines are especially important for pregnant women to prevent them from passing pertussis onto their infants if infected - pregnant women should receive the Tdap booster during the 3rd trimester of each pregnancy, even if they got it before their pregnancy. All students entering, advancing, or transferring into 7th grade need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster (called "Tdap"). Adults should receive Tdap in place of their routine 10-year tetanus (TD) booster, especially if they are in contact with infants or are health care workers.

For more information on pertussis, visit the CDC's pertussis information page.

Long Beach residents should contact their regular healthcare provider to arrange for recommended vaccinations. Those who do not have a regular healthcare provider or health insurance covering vaccines can dial 2-1-1 or the LBDHHS Immunization Program at (562) 570-4516.


Have questions about the Ebola virus and the outbreak in West Africa?

Get more information from the CDC's Ebola page, which has fact sheets, information on transmission and symptoms, updates on the current outbreak, and information for healthcare providers. Currently, Ebola is not considered to pose a significant risk in the United States. Visit www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/ for more information.


2010 Long Beach Health Statistics


The City of Long Beach is known for having one of the most diverse populations in the United States. Many elements contribute to the health of a city, including demographics, healthy lifestyles, disease trends and environmental health. Using various data sources in addition to input from Long Beach residents and professionals in various fields, the Health Department takes the lead in identifying and prioritizing the public health needs for residents. Using local data as a foundation for the planning of disease prevention and health promotion, the Health Department ensures a more targeted impact on improving the quality of life for the residents of Long Beach.

Click
HERE for the 2010 Health Statistics Report

Need Health Insurance?

Did you know your Health Department can help? Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) there are now new options available for individuals and families without health insurance. The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services offers enrollment assistance with both Medi-Cal and Covered California. Please call us at (562) 570-7979 for more information. We offer assistance in English, Spanish and Khmer (Cambodian). You may also get more information directly from the Covered California website by clicking below.

Click HERE for the City of Long Beach Health Dept Medical Outreach info.
Click HERE for the Covered California website.

Community Health Assessment

The Long Beach Health Department Community Health Assessment is a comprehensive document describing health status and conditions in the City of Long Beach. Click on the document below to view the report. We would like your feedback on how we can improve our Community Health Assessment.


Click HERE to complete a short survey.

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