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Protect Yourself From Flu

Last updated: January 19, 2018, 12:14 pm

California and Contra Costa are seeing high levels of flu activity. We remind the community to take the following steps to prevent the spread of flu.

  • Get your flu vaccine
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or with hand sanitizer
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when you’re sick

People with flu like symptoms should call their health plan's Advice Nurses to get help with self-care or to help them decide if they need to visit an urgent care clinic, make an appointment with their health care provider or go to an emergency room. Rarely is emergency room needed for flu or respiratory issues.

Contra Costa Health Plan members and Contra Costa residents who do not have health coverage can call 1-877-661-6230 and select option 1 to speak to an Advice Nurse.

See more information about flu and flu prevention.

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Media Advisory

Encouraging Smokers to Quit for At Least 24 Hours

Events during Great American Smokeout offer free lung screenings and cessation education

November 18, 2013

Archived. This is an older press release from 2013 and may not contain the latest information. Please view our current press releases for 2018 items.


Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) will be offering free lung screenings and tobacco cessation education this week as part of the annual Great American Smokeout. The lung screenings or “spirometry” tests provide quick results and can detect the early onset of lung disease. The Great American Smokeout, a national event started by the American Cancer Society nearly 40 years ago, encourages smokers to quit for at least 24 hours and make a plan to quit permanently.


Anyone who wants to quit smoking is welcome.


10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nov. 19-22


Lung screenings and tobacco cessation education will be offered at the Martinez Health Center, Pittsburg Health Center and the West County Health Center in San Pablo.


Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The Great American Smokeout helps smokers take an important first step toward leading longer, healthier lives.

For more information about the Great American Smokeout, please visit To find addresses for the Health Centers, visit

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