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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit cchealth.org for smoke tips and airnow.gov for air quality in your area

Flu Vaccination


Flu viruses are unpredictable and can change over time, so a past flu vaccine may not protect you this year. We recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year. Protection from vaccine can take up to two weeks to develop but lasts through the season, so we recommend getting flu vaccine early, before flu disease is in the community.

Where to Get Vaccinated

The 2018-19 flu season vaccine will be available throughout Contra Costa County beginning in the Fall of 2018. Ongoing Public Health Immunization Clinics will begin offering flu vaccine in October.

To get a flu vaccine:

For the General Public:

For community members with the Contra Costa Health Plan (CCHP):
  • Health Centers will offer walk-in flu clinics for Health Plan members | Spanish beginning in October, please bring your CCHP member card.
  • Health Plan members who cannot come to a walk-in clinic can see their doctor or call 1-800-495-8885 for a Treatment Nurse appointment.

For community members with the Contra Costa Health Plan (CCHP) or belong to the Community Provider Network (CPN):
  • CCHP and CPN members 10 years and older can get flu vaccine from RiteAid and Walgreens beginning September 1st, please bring your CCHP member card.

For community members with Kaiser Permanente health insurance:
  • Kaiser members can call the Kaiser Flu Hotline: 1-800-573-5811 (1-800-KP-FLU-11).

Information about flu vaccines - Vaccine Information Statements: