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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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Making a Difference for Children, Every Day


Making a difference in children's lives everyday. The children of Contra Costa County depend on us for emergency response in critical situations.

Children make up approximately 25% of our county population, 18-25% of all emergency department visits and approximately 10% of our 9-1-1 responses. By Although life threatening emergencies involving children are rare special skills and training are required. In Contra Costa, the emergency medical response for children is provided by a network of first-rate agencies, hospitals in partnership with child advocacy groups to reduce injury and death.

The Emergency Medical Services Division of Contra Costa Health Services works with these partners to ensure everyone involved in an emergency response is specially trained and properly equipped to care for infants and children. These are some of the ways we support these efforts: