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Protect Yourself From Flu

Last updated: January 5, 2018, 7:08 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.

Integrated Pest Management

Contra Costa Health Services has hired a nationally recognized expert to help implement the County's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the use of toxic chemicals. Tanya Drlik is known for her extensive work in IPM, an environmentally friendly strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests and their damage. IPM uses methods such as sanitation, pest exclusion, mechanical controls (e.g. mouse traps and mowing weeds) and habitat manipulation to effectively manage pests.

Our Public and Environmental Health Advisory Board (PEHAB) initiated the IPM effort in 2001 with a study presented to the Board of Supervisors on the harmful effects of pesticides. PEHAB has continually advocated for IPM, resulting in the adoption of the IPM policy by the Supervisors, the formation of the County's IPM Task Force and the creation of an IPM Coordinator position.

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