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Avoid the flu, your shot is due

Young Woman Blowing Her Nose in BedA seasonal flu shot is recommended every year for persons 6 months of age and older, to help protect you, your family, and the community from the flu. Avoid the flu by getting vaccinated today.

A seasonal flu shot is especially recommended for these high risk groups:

  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People who live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • People of any age with chronic medical conditions (including asthmatics and diabetics)
  • Pregnant women
  • Home caregivers and health care workers
  • Infants and children* age 6 months up to their 19th birthday

*Depending on previous vaccination history, children aged 6 months through 8 years may be required to receive two doses of influenza vaccine

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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

publichealthDid you know October 20-26 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week? 

The County is committed to helping parents reduce their child’s exposure to lead and prevent serious health effects.

A child with lead poisoning can have trouble learning, paying attention and behaving well.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly a quarter of a million children living in the United States have blood lead levels high enough to cause significant damage to their health. There are no known safe blood lead levels. Blood lead levels as low as 5mcg/dL have been known to cause serious health problems to children, including a drop in their “IQ”.

 According to Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer of the County of San Bernardino, lead-based paint in homes built before 1978 and lead-contaminated dust and soil are the main sources of lead exposure for children in the County. Children get lead poisoned by ingesting lead-contaminated dust, paint chips from deteriorating lead-based paint, and lead-contaminated soil. 

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