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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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Report a Disease


WHY REPORT

We rely on medical providers, school officials and the public to notify us when they encounter cases or suspected cases of certain diseases or conditions.

WHO MUST REPORT

The state of California requires doctors, surgeons, nurses, practitioners, coroners, dentists, veterinarians, administrators of health facilities and clinics to report cases or suspected cases of certain diseases and conditions to the local health department. Anyone in charge of public or private schools or preschools also must report cases or suspected cases of these diseases. More than 85 diseases and conditions are reportable in Contra Costa County.

Veterinarians are required to report six animal diseases: Anthrax, Brucellosis (except Brucella canis), Plague, Rabies, Tularemia and Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers.

HOW TO REPORT

´╗┐Physicians who need to report a suspected public health emergency should contact the Public Health division immediately at 925-313-6740; or after hours, call the sheriff's dispatch at 925-646-2441 and ask for the Health Officer On Call.
Health care providers and others may also fax us "Confidential Morbidity Reports" (see below for fax numbers). The different types of CMR forms are available here:




See more information designed specifically for health care providers.