We recognize that residents are more than mere consumers of public health services. In addition to health services, our health department is involved in a variety of community-based activities that engage residents in the planning, evaluation and implementation of health activities in their communities. Many of those services and activities are profiled on this site.
With ongoing extreme drought conditions and temperatures heating up, the National Weather Service may issue red flag warnings (for extreme fire conditions within 24 hours) or fire weather watches (for conditions that may result in 12-72 hours). Both warnings alert fire departments of “the possible onset of critical weather and dry conditions that could rapidly or dramatically increase wildfire activity.” Of course illegal fireworks raise the ante with the potential of sparks causing fires. In case of a wildfire, affected residents should be prepared to evacuate. Cal Fire offers these reminders.
SB 277, the highly contested bill that would make vaccinations mandatory for most California school children has been signed into law by Governor Brown who noted, “The science is clear. Vaccinations dramatically protect children against dangerous diseases.” When SB 277 goes into effect in 2016 California will have one of the toughest vaccination laws in the nation, with no personal or religious belief exemptions. Children enrolled in schools, nurseries and day cares will need to be immunized against 10 communicable diseases, including measles. Only medical exemptions will be accepted.