Sutter County Public Health Division
Sutter County Public Health Division works to improve the health and safety of its residents and
the neighborhoods they live in.
Unfortunately the healthcare costs of chronic disease, including
heart disease, diabetes and obesity are on the rise across the nation. In Sutter County, a small
rural county in Northern California with a population of approximately 95,000, the cost of chronic
disease is about $120 million per year. That equals $1,300 per resident annually! Learn what is
contributing to high chronic disease rates in this community and what can be done to slow the trend
and associated costs.
West Nile Virus and Fighting the Bite in 2014
It is West Nile Virus (WNV) season in Sutter County. Check out the Four D’s for preventing mosquito bites,
learn what is being done in Sutter County to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, what you can do to help, and other
useful information about WNV for you and your family.
Other useful sources of information:
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Epidemic Endangers Infants
California is experiencing a pertussis epidemic. As of June 10, there have been 3,458 cases of pertussis
reported to California Department of Public Health in 2014, more than were reported in all of 2013. Infants
too young to be fully immunized remain most vulnerable to severe and fatal cases of pertussis. Two-thirds
of pertussis hospitalizations have been in children four months or younger. Two infant deaths have been
Immunization is the most effective way to protect against whooping cough and its complications.
Infants cannot receive their first dose of pertussis-containing vaccine until 2 months of age and
effective immunity takes three doses over at least six months to develop protection against severe
The immunity against pertussis from vaccine or from having pertussis infection tends to wane over a
few years. Because of this, Tdap vaccine is now recommended for every woman during
the third trimester of every pregnancy. The boost in immunity the woman develops from
the vaccine is passed on to the baby to help protect it until it is old enough to get its baby
vaccines. Tdap is the pertussis-containing vaccine recommended for older children and adults.
For other adults, a single dose of Tdap is currently recommended. This dose can replace a routine
10-year tetanus shot or a tetanus shot given after a wound. Tdap can be given at any time without
regard to time interval for having had another tetanus shot.
Every adult who will have close contact with a young infant should have a Tdap. This may include,
but is not limited to, infant caregivers, fathers, and grandparents. At this time, a single Tdap is
all that is recommended, but talk with your physician if you have questions for your particular
situation. Other children in the family should be kept up to date on their routine childhood
immunizations to help protect baby.
Tdap vaccine is readily available through many clinics and pharmacies. Ask your obstetrician or
family healthcare provider if they have the vaccine available.
For more information:
This is why pertussis vaccine is so important:
Children's Health - Sutter County CHDP
The Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program provides access to complete health assessments
and services for low income children and youth in California. Periodic, comprehensive health assessments
are important for the early detection and prevention of disease and disabilities. CHeck out the link
below to view our quarterly newsletter for information in the Sutter County CHDP Program and other ideas
for healthy children and families.
Sutter County Tobacco Control Program's Video is Awarded a Medal
In August of 2013 Sutter County Public Health - Health Education Unit staff was notified by the
California Department of Public Health- Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) that their video, "Looking
at Chronic Disease in Sutter County" had been nominated for the National Public Health Information
Coalition (NPHIC) Annual Awards for Excellence in Public Health Communication. California Tobacco
Control Staff explained, "It’s a big deal and quite an honor to even be nominated for an award."
The National Public Health Information Coalition is the premier network of public health communicators
in the United States committed to "making public health public" by sharing knowledge, expertise and
resources to effectively communicate about the important health issues.
Health Education Staff prepared a document describing the project and the production process and
submitted the video in early August 2013. There were more than 250 entries, from pamphlets to TV
commercials to other audio visual presentations like Sutter County’s, submitted to the competition.
The project was judged on the quality of script and editing, effective use of images and audio,
overall community impact and supporting docu¬mentation.
In September of 2013 Sutter County Public Health- Health Education was notified that they were selected
as a Silver Medal Winner of the prestigious 2013 NPHIC Annual Awards for Excellence in Public Health
Communication. To view the award winning video, "Looking at Chronic Disease in Sutter County" visit:
www.suttercounty.org/publichealth . This video is currently under revision; look for a new revised
version in spring of 2014.
Congratulations to Sutter County Public Health-Health Education Unit for a job well done!
Prevent Animal Bites! Report Animal Bites!
In Sutter County, more than 400 animal bites are reported every year. Animal bites
can cause very serious injuries and may require costly treatment to prevent rabies. Half
of the animal bites in the United States are to children. Most bites are preventable. It
is important to know how to prevent animal bites and to teach children how to be safe
California law requires that all animal bites be reported. Report bites in Sutter County to: (530) 822-7375
For more information:
Big Changes in Children's Healthcare
This month, Healthy Families begins its transition to Medi-Cal. In preparation for the 2014 federal healthcare overhaul, many children will now be covered under Medi-Cal, which provides medical, dental, mental health, alcohol and drug treatment to low-income Californians. Medi-Cal now covers newly enrolling children up to age 19 with family income up to 250% of the federal poverty level (a family of four could have an annual income of $57,627). Some families will still pay a monthly premium. Children enrolled in Healthy Families before Jan. 1, 2013, will be transitioned to Medi-Cal in September 2013.
In 2010, 64% of Sutter County adults were overweight or obese (the definition of
obese is VERY overweight). Two-thirds of adults weigh too much! Just look around, we
have a major problem and it hasn’t gotten any better now that we are mid-way through
2012! Even one-third of our children are overweight or obese! The current generation may
be the first in U.S. history to have a shorter life span than those that come before them
due to chronic illnesses associated with being overweight or obese. As a society, we
have become disconnected from where our food comes from and what is in it. The topics
are limitless when it comes to food and the role it plays in our health whether
detrimental or beneficial. Many factors such as heredity, environment and lifestyle
have to be taken into consideration when thinking about the reasons why weight has
become such an issue. No matter what factors are causing our problem the fact is
chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease are directly
linked to weighing too much. Even so, let's start simple. The information here
focuses on only one topic: sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs).
||Sutter County Public Health
||1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City
Walk-in Immunization Clinic
No appointment necessary
Must bring your child's yellow shot record!
||Mondays - 1-4 pm
||Wednesdays - 1-4 pm
Fridays - 8-11 am
Please see clerk in room 3 to sign in during these hours
Tuberculosis skin tests available
Limited vaccines available for Adults
(Call 822-7215 for information)
IMPORTANT NOTICE: New regulations apply to government-supplied vaccines beginning
10/1/2012. Please see the following information from the California Department of Public Health:
As of October 1, 2012
Free Immunizations: Qualified children-newborn through 5 years of age; Sutter County Residents Only
Provided through a grant from
Sutter County Children & Families Commission
in collaboration with Sutter County Public Health.
Adults and children with private insurance that pays for
vaccines will no longer
be able to receive low-cost
vaccinations at health departments. Fully insured
individuals should visit their doctor to get vaccinated.
Only adults and children without
health insurance or
with health insurance that does not
cover the cost of
vaccines will continue to receive low-cost vaccinations.
Empezando el 1 de octubre de 2012
Los adultos y niños con seguro médico que cubre el
costo de las vacunas no podrán seguir
vacunas a bajo costo en los departamentos de salud.
Las personas con seguro médico completo deben ver
al doctor para vacunarse. Solamente los adultos y niños
seguro médico o con seguro médico que no
el costo de las vacunas podrán seguir recibiendo
vacunas a bajo costo.
New Rule Shots Before School
California enacted a law in 2012 that requires every incoming 7th grader to have had a Tdap immunization
or have an exemption signed by the parent. Beginning in January 2014, a new law, AB 2109, will take effect
that requires any parent seeking exemption(s) to school vaccine requirements to see a medical provider to
discuss the benefits and risks of vaccinating their child before an exemption will be granted.
For additional information see:
Confidential Morbidity Report (CMR)
State and federal regulations require that healthcare providers and clinical laboratories report specific
health conditions to the local health department to protect the health of the community. These reports
are confidential and the information carefully protected as required by law.
CDPH 110 A -
This form is for reporting all conditions except Tuberculosis and conditions reportable to DMV.
CDPH 110 B -
This form is only for reporting Tuberculosis.
CDPH 110 C -
This form is for reporting lapses of consciousness or control, Alzheimer's disease or other
conditions which may impair the ability to operate a motor vehicle safely – all conditions
reportable to DMV (pursuant to H&S 103900).
Safely Surrendered Baby Law
If you are in a situation where you believe there is no way you can care for your baby, now there’s a way to safely surrender your baby. California law permits the parent or person with legal custody to safely and confidentially surrender a baby within three days of birth.
The law requires that the baby be taken to a county designated site such as a hospital displaying this logo.
Fremont Medical Center Outpatient Department,
970 Plumas Street, Yuba City
Rideout Emergency Department,
726 4th Street, Marysville
For more information, please visit:http://www.babysafe.ca.gov/
Toll free 1-800-371-3177
Toll free access provided by Sutter County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program
Public Health Emergency Preparedness is a combined effort to enable emergency responders
from federal, state, and local agencies to work together more effectively and efficiently
to manage incidents no matter what the cause, size, or complexity. Emergency
preparedness program involves planning, training, and collaborating with local health
agencies and preparing community members respond to public health emergencies of natural
and manmade disasters, emergencies, and terrorism events that impact the public's health.
Ready Sutter: You can do this! Collect these nine essential items to help you
shelter-in-place in the event of an emergency.
Skin and Staph Infections
are bacteria that many healthy people carry
on their skin or in their nose.
can sometimes cause serious infections
like pneumonia, blood, or joint infections, and deep skin infections.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
is a type of staph
not killed by penicillin and similar antibiotics. It causes skin infections
especially among school children. Students, faculty and staff at schools
should be sensitive to the possibility of disease transmission.
The California Department of Public Health has released information to
address the concerns of the educational community in California about
Public Health Information Brochures
Shaken Baby & Shaken-Impact Syndrome are serious and often fatal forms
of abusive head trauma. These brochures explain the damage caused and provide
strategies for parents and caregivers who are frustrated with a baby's crying.
Medical care in the first three months of pregnancy plays an important part
in having a healthy baby. These brochures explain why and contain information
about accessing pregnancy-related Medi-Cal and AIM insurance.
Provides early screening and assessment, intervention and referrals for children 0-5 in Sutter
County who exhibit behavior problems to the extent that they may have difficulty successfully
entering pre-school, daycare or kindergarten. Classes on parenting, behavioral problems and
interventions, are also provided. This service is part of the Sutter County Children and
Families Commission’s Child Development Initiative. Phone 822-7215 for an appointment to
discuss your child’s needs.
Health Education and Promotion Unit plays a key role in addressing serious
health issues responsive to evidence-based health education interventions,
and takes the lead in managing and evaluating programs whose focus is behavior
change, community education, community empowerment, professional education and
training, and/or institutional or public policy change. The unit's current
programs include: tobacco control, childhood lead poisoning prevention, emergency
preparedness, risk communication, media relations, injury prevention, chronic
disease prevention/management and employee wellness.
For further information regarding Health Education and Promotion, call: (530) 822-7215.
This section provides testing of patient specimens to assist in the identification of various diseases
caused by bacteria, parasites and viral agents including Rabies. Tick identification and subsequent
testing for Lyme disease is offered through referral to a laboratory that performs this type of testing.
The Laboratory also tests potable water for bacterial levels. Tick identification, Lyme and water tests
are performed on a fee basis. The Laboratory staff is also available as a resource for consultation to
health care providers for further information regarding services call: (530) 822-7225.
This unit provides care in the prevention and control of infectious disease, health services,
assessment and education. Programs include Child Health & Disability Prevention Program
(CHDP), Maternal Child Health, AIDS, Tuberculosis Program, Lead Prevention, Immunization, Jail
Medical Care, and California Children's Services (CCS).
For further information regarding services call: (530) 822-7215.
Toll free 1-800-371-3177
Toll free access provided by Sutter County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program
Safety Tips for InfantsWebsite
Teen pregnancy continues to be a problem nationwide. This section provides teens
and parents of teens with tips to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. This section is
brought to you by the Sutter County Public Health Maternal, Child and Adolescent
Health Program. For more information, please call 822-7215.
This section of the website is brought to you by the Tobacco Control Program of the
Sutter County Health Education and Promotion unit.
WIC provides nutritional counseling and education to eligible clients in addition to provision of
supplemental food coupons for specific food items.
For further information regarding services call: (530) 822-7224.
THIS BRANCH DOES NOT PROVIDE SERVICES REGARDING ENVIRONMENT HEALTH
ISSUES OR ANIMAL BITES. PLEASE CONTACT THE SUTTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AT
(530) 822-7400 FOR INFORMATION ON THESE TOPICS.
|Assistant Director of Human Services:
||Dr. Lou Anne Cummings
||1445 Veterans Memorial Circle
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