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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 the Covered California logo on your right.
This week, get information and enrollment assistance at your neighborhood library!
Holiday Food Safety Tips
With the Holiday's rapidly approaching, the Long Beach Health Department would like to remind you to practice safe food handling. Please see the attached flyer for some food safety guidelines.
Flu Shots Available in the Community
It's not too early to get your flu shot this year. With confirmed cases of influenza already being reported in Long Beach and Los Angeles County, the Health Department encourages everyone ages 6 months and older to get a flu shot.
Many private providers have already received flu vaccine and are making it available to their patients, and some neighborhood pharmacies are providing the flu vaccine to the public at a low fee.
Additionally, the Health Department will be hosting a number of flu clinics this fall.
2013 Health Department Flu Clinic Schedule
|Thursday, October 10th |
|LBDHHS Main Facility |
2525 Grand Avenue
|Tuesday, October 22nd |
9:00 am-12:00 pm
|McBride Park/Cal Rec Center |
1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.
|Monday, October 28th |
9:00 am-12:00 pm
|American Gold Star Manor |
3021 N. Gold Star (enter on Spring)
|Tuesday, November 5th |
9:00 am-12:00 pm
|Long Beach Senior Center |
1150 E. 4th Street
|Thursday, November 7th |
9:00 am-12:00 pm
|El Dorado Park Senior Center |
2800 Studebaker Road
|Thursday, November 14th |
9:00 am-12:00 pm
|Houghton Park Community Center |
6301 Myrtle Avenue
|Monday, November 18th |
9:00 am-12:00 pm
|Scherer Park |
4600 Long Beach Blvd.
|Thursday, December 12th |
9:00 am-12:00 pm
|Bixby Park |
130 Cherry Avenue
Parents should bring their children's immunization records - some children will need two doses of the vaccine given one month apart.
Appointments will also be accepted at our main facility (2525 Grand Avenue) by calling (562) 570-4315 (a small administrative fee may apply). Adults with Medicare Part B or other insurance are urged to bring their Medicare/insurance card to their appointment. For more information, call the Health Department's Vaccination Information Line at (562) 570-SHOT (570-7468)
In addition to the flu shot, the Health Department also recommends that all persons practice healthy habits to prevent getting or transmitting the flu.
Avoiding West Nile Virus
In order to protect yourself and your family from West Nile Virus, Long Beach Health Officials are urging residents to protect themselves and their families from the virus by taking the following precautions:
Avoid mosquito-infested areas, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Mosquitoes can breed in standing water. Eliminate standing water on your property by dumping or draining water in neglected ponds, birdbaths, fountains, buckets, old tires or anything that can hold water. Dumping or draining water will interrupt the mosquito life cycle.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Use mosquito repellant containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Residents should follow repellant instructions on the label. Consult with your child's pediatrician for appropriate concentrations of DEET to be used on children under the age of two.
Keep tight-fitting screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes and check to make sure your window screens are in good condition.
Maintain all swimming pools in a clean and sanitary manner, with all circulation and filtration equipment operational and chemical levels within recommended guidelines; drain water from pool covers.
Limit the watering of lawns and outdoor plants to twice a week to avoid run off to gutters and around sprinklers. Do not over water plants or lawns to avoid creating pools of standing water.
Report dead birds and dead tree squirrels to the California Department of Health Services by calling 1-877-WNV-Bird or online at www.westnile.ca.gov.
For further information, contact the City of Long Beach DHHS, Vector Control Program at (562) 570-4132 or online at www.longbeach.gov/health/wnv_info/resource.asp
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Additional information about WNV may be obtained at the State of California Department of Health Services website at www.westnile.ca.gov, or at the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile.
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. Please click HERE to complete a short survey.
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Reusable Grocery Bag Use and Care
Reusable grocery bags are good for the environment, but did you know that you should clean your bags frequently to prevent bacteria from contaminating them, and to keep you and your family safe from illness. The Health Department has created the following informational flyer on the proper use and care of your reusable grocery bags.
Tips for the Care and Cleaning of Reusable Grocery Bags
VIAL of Life Program
The VIAL of Life program is a way to make important life-saving information available to emergency medical responders in the event that you are injured or become ill at your home and are unable to communicate important medical information. The VIAL of Life consists of a medical history form, a container to put that form in, and a sticker for your front door indicating to emergency responders the presence of a VIAL in your home. The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services distributes VIALs to the public at our main facility at 2525 Grand Ave.
For more information go to www.longbeach.gov/fire/vialoflife/
Health Department Now Offers Online Bill Pay Feature
The Health Department now offers the convenience of being able to pay your bill online. Most Health Department bills can now be paid online by clicking the "Pay Now" button below. Of course, you can also pay your bill by mail or by phone by calling (562) 570-7600 (Press Option #3).
Department of Health & Human Services Overview
Have you ever had questions regarding the Long Beach Health Department? Ever wondered what we do? What services we provide? Where we are located?
These questions and more are answered in our recently published Department Overview. The overview provides a comprehensive look at the Health Department, and the myriad of programs and services designed to keep Long Beach a healthy environment in which to live, work and play.
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Health Care Reform Questions?
Learn the basic facts about health reform and how the changes in law affect you and your families. Click here to find out more.
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Disease and disability can be avoided if children are adequately immunized. The City of Long Beach Health Department is promoting childhood immunization by participating in outreach campaigns to educate parents about the safety and importance of infant and toddler immunizations. California's Toddler Immunization Month in May is an annual opportunity to promote raising and maintaining high immunization levels in children ages 2 years and younger against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.
This year's theme is "Immunizations. On time. Every Time." The goal is to remind parents and caregivers that children need a complete series of vaccinations to be fully protected from debilitating and potentially deadly diseases. Infants who are not immunized, or whose immunizations are delayed, are vulnerable to serious diseases like measles, whooping cough, chicken pox, pneumonia and meningitis.
Parents of infants and toddlers who need vaccine, but do not have insurance, can call the Long Beach Health Department at (562) 570-4315 to get low-cost immunizations and referrals for programs to help with finding a local health care provider. For more information about the Health Department's Immunization Program, please click HERE.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Booster Shots
The City's Health Department is joining in the State of California Department of Public Health campaign to encourage parents to not wait until the last minute to get the pertussis vaccine for school age children. With pertussis at the highest rates since 1947, and in order to prevent transmission of this disease (and deaths) across the state, this vaccination (also known as Tdap) is a new law this year in California. The law requires all middle-high school students to have the Tdap booster. The Long Beach Department of Health has been working closely with Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) since late last year to advise parents of students in grades 7-12 of this new immunization requirement, and that it will be in effect when students return to school this fall. Parents have been receiving letters and weekly phone calls to remind them that they must present proof to the school that their child has received a pertussis (whooping cough) booster known as Tdap. LBUSD reported in early July that 68% of their students had already met the new requirement. Students who do not already have proof of a Tdap on file with the school should bring their immunization records when registering for classes and picking up schedules in August.
To remind parents of the new Tdap requirement the California Department of Health (CDPH) and the California Broadcasters Association have launched a media campaign which includes a new public service announcement (PSA) that can be viewed on http://www.shotsforschool.org/.
Whooping cough (pertussis) - a contagious disease spread by coughing or sneezing - has been declared an epidemic in California this year, with case numbers projected to be the highest in 50 years. The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services advises that families make sure that their young children get all of their DTaP (diphtheria/tetanus/acellular pertussis) vaccinations on time, and that older children and adults get a booster shot with Tdap, the adult formulation of the vaccine. It is especially important that household members and caregivers of young infants get a Tdap booster, since to date all of the deaths due to pertussis have occurred in infants less than 2 months of age, and studies show that babies are often infected by a caregiver or family member. Tdap is available through many local healthcare providers and at the Health Department. Appointments for vaccines at the Health Department may be made by calling 562-570-4315.
Food Handler Card Requirement
The State of California Food Handler Card Law (SB 602) will be effective on July 1, 2011. Food handlers involved in the preparation, storage, or service of food in a food facility must obtain a food handler card. Enforcement of the law will be limited to education and notification of the requirements until January 1, 2012 to allow for clarification of the law to be adopted.
For additional information and a list of classes, visit "California Food Handler Card Guidelines" and "Food Handler Card Mailer".
Be Prepared for Storm-Related Emergencies
Storm-related emergencies like power outages and flooding, can happen here in Long Beach at any time. the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services offers the following information in order to protect you and your family against food safety hazards and mold-related issues caused by flooding and loss of power.
Links to Additional Information:
|Beginning on September 1, 2008, State law (Section 118286 of the California Health and Safety Code) makes it illegal to dispose of sharps waste in the trash or recycling containers, and requires that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in an approved sharps container.|
|The City of Long Beach, Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), Recreational Water Program is advising all public pool and spa owners and operators within the City of Long Beach of a new federal law regarding pool/spa drainage systems.|
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