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Special Children's Vaccination Center At The Fairgrounds

As the vaccine rollout continues for children ages 5-11, the children’s mass vaccination center in the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Expo Hall has transformed into a kid-friendly environment to ease the “needle nerves.” Through donations by the Valley Medical Center, the space has become a jungle with music and games to keep kids occupied before and after their shots. To schedule your child’s appointment please visit www.vax.sccgov.org.    The Santa Clara County continues to encourage its residents to get vaccinated, including the booster shot. Booster shots are now available to everyone ...

2021 Edition -- Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity in California

CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION --  All Californians should have access to the high-quality health care they need to lead long and healthy lives. Achieving this requires reducing disparities in health care and the social determinants of health that affect historically excluded or marginalized groups.1 Disparities occur across many demographic categories, including race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, place of residence, gender, disability status, language, and sexual orientation. As one ...

Diabetes Awareness Month: Risks and Prevention Tips

COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT -- November is American Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14th is World Diabetes Day!  There are three types of diabetes (type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.) Most people who have diabetes have type 2 diabetes, which is when the body does not make enough insulin or the insulin they make does not work right and they have too much sugar in their bloodstream. However, did you know that pre-diabetes comes before type 2 diabetes and if caught in time, it can be ...

California Law Aims to Strengthen Access to Mental Health Services

The number of people with symptoms of depression and anxiety has nearly quadrupled during the covid pandemic, which has made it even more maddeningly difficult to get timely mental health care, even if you have good insurance. A California law signed Oct. 8 by Gov. Gavin Newsom could help. It requires that mental health and substance abuse patients be offered return appointments no more than 10 days after a previous session, unless their provider OKs less frequent visits. Current insurance regulations already require giving patients an initial mental health visit no more than 10 ...

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Questions & Answers

Who is eligible for booster vaccinations? On September 24, 2021, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup recommended the following people should receive booster doses at least six months after completing their initial series: Got a Pfizer vaccination at least six months ago, and Are 65 or older, or Are a long-term care resident that is 18 or older, or Are 50-64 and have an underlying medical condition, or Are 50-64 and at increased risk due to social inequity (including that of communities of color) You may also consider getting ...