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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.

Latest flu information

Advice Nurse Flu Flyer

Affordable Care Act (ACA)
 and Contra Costa Residents

As the county health system, Contra Costa Health Services is committed to ensuring the residents of Contra Costa are informed about what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers. The ACA, also known as Health Care Reform or Obamacare, means more people will have access to affordable health insurance. In addition, all new health plans are being required to provide preventive services like mammograms and immunizations without charging a deductible, co-pay or coinsurance.

Key facts you should know about getting health coverage through the Affordable Care Act:

  1. If you are low-income, you may qualify for expanded Medi-Cal coverage and not have co-payments or monthly premiums.
  2. More people will qualify for Medi-Cal through the Medi-Cal expansion, including single adults without children.
  3. If you are not low-income, you may still qualify for financial help from the government to buy health insurance and you should expect to pay at least a part of your healthcare coverage. Use Covered California's online calculator to calculate your cost.
  4. You and/or your family members cannot be denied coverage due to any pre-existing conditions.
  5. Open Enrollment starts in October and you will be able to enroll in the plan of your choice over the phone at 1-888-975-1142 or online at www.coveredca.com

See our Frequently Asked Questions for more detailed information.


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