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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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Press Release

Keep Yourself and Your Family Safe and Healthy This Summer

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Summer is a great time to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities but every summer, children in our community die or are injured from drowning. For adults and children alike, additional risks include heat-related illnesses, diseases from bug bites and injuries from falls.

Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 4, and the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages. From 2012-2016 Contra Costa saw 31 drowning deaths in adults and children.

"It's important that people remember to be safe and healthy this summer," said Dr. Thomas Warne, Deputy Health Officer for Contra Costa Health Services. "Drowning deaths are devastating enough but near drowning can also have serious consequences including neurological damage."

Whether you pull an unconscious person from the water or if someone collapses and is not responding or breathing calling 911 should be your first action. For drowning victims, reviving a person involves mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Knowing how to safely perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is important for anyone spending time in and around water.

When a person does not have a pulse, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can help provide victims the extra time needed to survive until an emergency vehicle arrives.

"Providing CPR can double or maybe even triple a person's chance of surviving." said Warne. "Hands-only CPR is an easy and effective way for bystanders to help save lives."

Contra Costa Health Services Emergency Medical Services division offers resources and training around Hands-Only CPR training. Go to for more information.

To avoid summer injuries and illness, following simple Summer Safety Tips can make this time of year memorable for summer fun and not for a trip to hospital.

See page 2 for Summer Safety tips and these links for more information.

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