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Update, 12/18: Alamitos Bay Sewage Spill

A sewage spill Wednesday night in Alamitos Bay has resulted in a beach closure for all swimming areas in the bay. The spill has been contained. The total volume of the spill was estimated at approximately 11,250 gallons with 5,250 gallons entering the bay. City crews captured the remainder of the spill, 6,000 gallons, preventing it from reaching the water. The spill was caused by a break in a 12-inch sewer main near the Ravenna Drive Bridge.

Long Beach Health Officer, Dr.Mitchell Kushner, is ordering all swimming areas in Alamitos Bay closed for water contact, until lab results from daily testing confirm that the water is safe for swimming.

Separately, Dr. Kushner, has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City's beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm.

For the latest status on Long Beach recreational beach water quality, call the Water Hotline at 562.570.4199 or visit our
Recreational Water Program page.

Information on Ebola

There are no suspect or confirmed cases of Ebola in California, Los Angeles County, or the city of Long Beach. The City of Long Beach and partners are working to ensure our community is prepared for Ebola if it arrives in Long Beach. Visit our Ebola Information page for facts about Ebola Virus Disease and updates.

Free and Fit Exercise Classes

Interested in a free and easy way to get fit? Free outdoor execise classes are being held on Saturday mornings, at 9:00 a.m. at Lincoln Park. Click HERE for Details

Enterovirus D68

Questions about Enterovirus D68? Our fact sheet gives you the information you need to know about this respiratory illness.

Fall Flu Shot Clinics

It's not too early to get your flu shot. The Health Department encourages everyone over the age of 6 months to get their annual flu shot.
For more information, call (562) 570-SHOT (7468). Or use click HERE to use our Flu Shot Finder App.

Food Safety in the Event of Power Outages

The loss of power can happen at any time and could jeapordize the safety of your food. Knowing how to determine if food is safe, and how to keep food safe, will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Click HERE for our food safety flyer.

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.

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.

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.

HERE to complete a short survey.