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WE Connect Health Care Enrollment & Resource Fair

The WE Connect Health Care Enrollment & Resource Fair will be held at David Starr Jordan High School (6500 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90805) on Saturday, November 15, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The event is part of the "Get Covered, Get Care, Get Renewed" campaign to continue to raise awareness about the importance of enrolling into, using and renewing health care coverage, with a special focus on the health and well-being of California's young adults. Whether they are nearing their 26th birthday and need to enroll in their own coverage; want to learn more about mental health services; or need immunizations, WE Connect is ready to help. Featured resources will include CalFresh enrollment assistance; free health services, such as medical and dental screenings; an immigrant resource hub; and a farmers market style distribution of healthy food items. Volunteers and information will be available to assist in multiple languages. Click HERE for more information or visit

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.

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Event

Did you know that there are many homeless veterans right here in Long Beach that are approved for a rental subsidy, but still have no place to call home? If you own a rental property in Long Beach, and want to give back to someone who's given so much, consider being a part of Mayor Garcia's campaign to end veteran homelessness by offering your rental unit to the VASH Program. A special property owner orientation will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 10:00 am to Noon. Click HERE for details.

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.

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.

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.