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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

Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Resources

FINAL Master Contra Costa County Pedi/Neo Disaster and Medical Surge Plan and Preparedness Toolkit - May 2011 (PDF)

Preparedness Resources for Healthcare Facilities - CDC - February 2009
CDC has created a new webpage that provides all-hazards resources intended for individuals at healthcare facilities tasked with ensuring that their facility is as prepared as possible for an emergency. The healthcare facilities targeted by this page include hospitals, long-term acute and chronic care facilities, outpatient clinics and urgent care facilities, physicians' offices, and pediatric offices and hospitals.

Pediatric Disaster Website from AAP

Children in Disasters: Hospital Guidelines from Pediatric Preparedness
This best practice document was created by the Center for Bioterrorism Preparedness Program Pediatric Task Force of the New York City Department of Health. It serves as an outstanding resource for all hospitals to deal with children in the event of a disaster.

Pediatric Disaster and Emergency Services National Summit 2008
This link goes to the video presentation of EMS national and regional experts in Pediatric Disaster Preparedness. Valuable information for all EMS providers, Disaster planners Hospital and Emergency Department leadership. (As with any video online, you can press play and then pause to get the video buffered. This way it won’t skip as much.)

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness: Pediatric Preparedness Resources and Online Training Sheet

Helping Children Cope with Disaster (PDF)

Children and Pandemic Flu: A Resource Sheet (PDF)

School-Based Emergency Preparedness: A National Analysis and Recommended Protocol (PDF)

A Disaster Preparedness Plan for Pediatricians (PDF)

California Hospital Association Pediatric Disaster Resources

Master Pediatric Surge Planning Solutions within Reach (PDF)

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