The U.S. is currently experiencing a large, multi-state outbreak of measles, with the majority of cases in California. No cases have been reported in SLO County at this time. We urge anyone not already immunized against measles to get immunized at this time. Two doses of MMR vaccine are more than 99% effective in preventing measles. If you are unsure of your vaccination status, check with your doctor to have a blood test to check for measles immunity or to receive vaccination. More statewide information from CDPH » Information about measles from CDC »
For Parents and Guardians:
02-03-15 Measles Health Advisory issued to all schools and child care facilities in SLO County: Children who are not immunized against measles are at risk, especially infants under 12 months of age. (English/Espanol)
See Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein's letter to the editor in the 2/10/15 edition of the SLO Tribune: Measles is a global battle; local health agencies are on the front line.To report a public health emergency or urgent communicable disease after hours, call 805-781-4553.
For the Public:
02-08-15 Info Service: Parents of Preteens: Make a date to vaccinate! Preteen Vaccination Week is February 8 - 14
02-03-15 Health Advisory: Measles risk for children who are not immunized -Issued to schools and child care facilities in SLO County (English/Espanol)
09/17/14 Info Service: Horse tests positive for West Nile Virus in SLO County
03/04/14 Info Service: SLO County ranks highest in the state in the sale of e-cigarettes! More at: www.HealthyStoresHealthyCommunity.com
12/09/13 Info Service: New Law Requires Provider Counseling before Exemptions from School Shots
For Health Care Providers:
01-21-15 Provider Advisory from CDPH: Update and recommendations related to December 2014 measles outbreak.
12/05/14 Provider Alert: Antigenic Drift of circulating Flu virus (H3N2) and the use of antiviral medications
11/17/14 From CDPH: Ebola Preparedness and Response for Outpatient and Ambulatory Care Setting
10/03/14 Provider Advisory: CDC recommendations for healthcare workers on evaluating patients for possible Ebola Virus Disease
09/29/14 Provider Alert: Influenza Testing and Reporting Recommendations for 2014-2015
08/25/14 Provider Advisory: Mandatory Influenza Vaccination of All Healthcare Workers in SLO County
06/27/14 From CDPH: Pertussis epidemic declared in California
|PROGRAMS AND SERVICES|
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
The Environmental Health Services Division prevents exposure to toxic substances, diseases, unsanitary conditions, and other environmental hazards through education and enforcement. Programs include hazardous materials management, food safety, water quality, recreational water and swimming pool monitoring, and solid waste facility oversight.
FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES
The Family Health Services Division provides preventive health clinical services such as family planning, Immunizations , tuberculosis and sexually-transmitted disease control, Epidemiology , Communicable Disease Control and Prevention , Maternal Child Health Programs , Field Nursing Programs , California Children's Services , Child Health and Disability Prevention Program , Medical Therapy Program , Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program , Foster Care Program and outreach programs. Go to Family Health Services Webpage.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICESThe Emergency Medical Services Division coordinates and supports emergency medical services (EMS) throughout the county. The Emergency Medical Services Agency develops countywide policies and protocols for prehospital patient care and operations and performs evaluation and oversight of local emergency transport providers and designated specialty care systems. The Agency certifies Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), accredits local Paramedics, and authorizes local Mobile Intensive Care Nurses (MICNs).
The Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program mission is to protect the public and ensure that the local first responders and health care system are prepared to respond to public health emergencies in an effective and coordinated manner.
HEALTH CARE SERVICES
The Health Care Services Division oversees the County-funded health care delivery systems including the Medically Indigent Services Program and the Law Enforcement Medical Care Program.
The Health Promotion Division works within the community to promote healthy behaviors. Along with a focus on individual change in behavior, we encourage the adoption of community wide improvements that benefit public health. Our programs include:
Tobacco Control Program - Offers free cessation classes and free nicotine replacement therapies to the community. We also work with local jurisdictions on policies to restrict the use of tobacco.
Obesity Prevention Program - Works with community partners in the HEAL-SLO collaborative to reduce the rate of childhood obesity. We also offer workshops on certain nutrition topics.
Women Infants and Children (WIC) - Is a national program which offers nutrition education and food vouchers to low-income women and their children - from pregnancy to the age of 5.
Oral Health Program - Offers preventative oral care to the residents, with a focus on children 0-5 years of age.
Injury Prevention Program - The injury prevention program works to ensure Child Passenger, Bicycle and Pedestrian safety through car seat checks, classes and safety events.
Other programs may be offered, based on funding availability. Go to the Health Promotion Webpage
|Provides high quality and timely testing services for communicable disease diagnosis, water quality and animal diseases including Rabies. Go to the Public Health Laboratory Webpage|
SAN LUIS OBISPO HEALTH COMMISSION
The Health Commission was formed in 1994 to serve as an advisory board to the County Board of Supervisors and the County Public Health Agency on matters of health care in the County. The Commission meets monthly in a public venue and is a cooperative effort among consumers, and indirect and direct providers of health care services. The Commission consists of 11 volunteer appointees who are residents of San Luis Obispo County, of which 6 are consumer representatives, 3 are direct providers (e.g., physicians, nurses and dentists), and 2 are indirect providers (e.g., medical office managers and hospital administrators). Go to the San Luis Obispo Health Commission