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|Cooling Centers Open Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 |
In response to the high temperatures forecasted for Tuesday, September 16th, the City will open Cooling Centers at the following park facilities:
El Dorado West Community Center - 2800 Studebaker Road
Houghton Community Center - 6301 Myrtle Avenue
McBride (Cal Rec) Community Center - 1550 Martin Luther King Avenue
Cesar Chavez Community Center - 401 Golden Avenue
Long Beach Senior Center - 1150 East 4th Street
Silverado Community Center- 1545 W. 31st Street
These facilities will be open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
If the heat is making it hard to get through the day, come have a seat and enjoy the cool air conditioning at any of these Community Centers.
Visit our Heat Information page for tips on preventing heat-related illness.
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.
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
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.