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CDPH Offers Food Safety Tips for Holiday Feasts

Nov. 25, 2013 -- With the holiday season fast approaching, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman today reminded consumers about the importance of safe food handling to prevent foodborne illness... Read More

World Diabetes Day observed Nov. 14

World Diabetes Day observed Nov. 14

On Thursday, November 14, San Joaquin County Public Health Services (PHS) will take part in the local observation of World Diabetes Day. According to the 2011- 2012 California Health Interview Survey, 10.9% (53,000) of the adult population in San Joaquin County has diabetes. In California, the rate is 8.4%. These high numbers illustrate the need to educate county residents about the risk for diabetes and how to prevent the crippling effects of this disease.

Diabetes is a challenging disease that affects the entire family in many ways. San Joaquin County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Furst advises, “It is important for people with diabetes and their families, to work together to manage diabetes and prevent serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and nerve damage.” Usually, people with diabetes who have a strong family support system are better able to cope with the day-to-day demands associated with the disease.

Pan-seared tilapia with chipotle-lime butter

Pan-seared tilapia with chipotle-lime butter

Tilapia is one of the most common offerings at the supermarket fish counter, and it deserves to taken to "uncommon" status. A butter infused with smoky chipotle peppers should do the trick... Read More

New Personal Belief Exemption Form for Childhood Vaccination to Encourage Health Education

New Personal Belief Exemption Form for Childhood Vaccination to Encourage Health Education

October 30, 2013 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today made available the Personal Belief Exemption (PBE) form parents or guardians are required to use ..... Read More

New Personal Belief Exemption Form for Childhood Vaccination to Encourage Health Education

New Personal Belief Exemption Form for Childhood Vaccination to Encourage Health Education

October 30, 2013 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today made available the Personal Belief Exemption (PBE) form parents or guardians are required to use ..... Read More

Free flu vaccine clinics for San Joaquin county residents

Free flu vaccine clinics for San Joaquin county residents

San Joaquin County Public Health Services (PHS) will provide seasonal influenza vaccinations free of charge on Monday, October 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (or until supplies run out), at two community sites in Stockton: Delta College in Upper Danner Hall and downtown, next to the Stockton WorkNet office on South Lincoln Street. These special flu vaccine clinics are open to everyone, 3 years of age and older. They are “walk-in” clinics and no appointment is required.

Those who do not have health insurance and those at highest risk of complications from the flu, including pregnant women and persons with long term medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illness, are especially encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Flu vaccination is also important for people who live with or care for people at high risk for influenza-related complications, and for anyone caring for newborns.

Farmers, contractors, workers struggle to make sense of Obamacare

Farmers, contractors, workers struggle to make sense of Obamacare

Farm employees often travel from job to job depending on the season of Central Valley crops, working for a variety of employers throughout the year, which creates a complex situation for labor contractors under the Affordable Care Act. The health care reform law commonly known as Obamacare will require hundreds of thousands of field workers to be covered by health insurance.

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