Prevent Whooping Cough through Immunization

The County of Los Angeles is experiencing higher rates of whooping cough, or pertussis, a highly contagious bacterial disease that is spread by coughing. Children and infants are most vulnerable. Symptoms include intense coughing, accompanied by a whooping sound and post-cough vomiting, with complications including pneumonia and seizures. Whooping cough can be prevented through vaccination and healthy hygiene habits.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas is hosting a series of free community vaccination clinics to encourage families to get vaccinated, and help prevent the spread of whooping cough.

UPDATE: All immunizations for children entering school will also be provided. If possible, please bring your child’s yellow immunization card.

July 7 (9am – 12pm)
WIC – Compton
130 E. Compton Blvd.
Compton, CA 90221

July 14 (9am – 12pm)
WIC – Lynwood
3811 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90262

July 21 (3pm – 7pm)
Kedren Headstart
710 E. 111th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90059

August 4 (9am – 12pm)
WIC – Florence
501 E. Florence Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90003

September 1 (9am – 1pm)
Kedren Headstart
710 E. 111th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90050

September 8 (1pm – 5pm)
Kedren Headstart
710 E. 111th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90059

Sunday is National HIV Testing Day

HIV Testing Day

Crenshaw Christian Center
7901 South Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044

8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Free incentives to take an HIV rapid test. Test results in 20 minutes!

For more information please contact: Pastor Robert Bolden at 323-758-3777 x4219 or Cynthia Davis at 310-763-9746.

New Report on Cigarette Smoking in Los Angeles County

Over the past two decades, Los Angeles County has been a national and international leader in tobacco control and prevention. With a current smoking prevalence of 14%, the County has among the lowest smoking rates of any metropolitan area in the United States. Much of the County’s success in reducing smoking prevalence has been attributed to cigarette tax policy, aggressive anti-smoking media campaigns, smoke free indoor air policies, and other effective local tobacco control programs.

In spite of this success, the Los Angeles County Health Survey reveals that rather than continuing to decline, smoking prevalence among County adult residents has remained fairly steady since 2002. More than one million adults in the County currently smoke cigarettes. Among Los Angeles County teens in grades 9 through 12, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey demonstrated a decline in smoking rates from 26% in 1997 to 12% in 2005. However, as with adult smokers, this downward trend has not continued. Cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of disease and disability, claiming over 8,500 lives — one out of every 7 deaths in Los Angeles County each year. Cigarette smokers may also expose their family members and the general public to secondhand smoke, which causes a broad range of adverse health effects. Tobacco-related diseases cost the County $4.3 billion per year, of which $2.3 billion is for direct healthcare expenditures.

Concerning disparities in smoking rates persist in Los Angeles County, with male adults more likely to smoke than females (19% vs. 10%), and African Americans more likely to smoke than adults in other racial/ethnic groups (25% vs. 15% of whites, 12% of Latinos, and 11% of Asians/Pacific Islanders). Adults who have graduated from college and those with higher incomes are less likely to smoke than are other Angelenos. Targeted efforts are needed to further reduce cigarette smoking, especially among high risk groups.

The Department of Public Health is working with communities throughout Los Angeles County to decrease cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. In this report, we examine smoking status across geographic areas in Los Angeles County. We hope this report will serve to inform local governments and communities, and facilitate their efforts to reduce tobacco use and the enormous toll it exacts.

Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH
Director and Health Officer


Relay For Life of Baldwin Hills

Relay for Life

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (Honorary Chair)
Invites you to
Relay For Life of Baldwin Hills and the communities of
Ladera Heights, View Park, Windsor Hills, Crenshaw, and Leimert Park

June 26th at 9 a.m. through June 27th at 9 a.m.

Ball Fields – 5401 S. Fairfax (Between Stocker and Slauson)

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Mumps Cases On The Rise In LA County

Amid an increasing number of mumps cases reported in Los Angeles County, the Department of Public Health is urging residents to be alert for any sign of the disease in their community and to take steps to protect themselves.

“At least nine cases of mumps have already been reported in Los Angeles County this year, six of which have been confirmed,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. “By comparison, seven cases were confirmed countywide in all of 2009, seven in 2008, and five in 2007.”

Four of the confirmed cases have occurred in the past two months and may be related to the multi-state mumps outbreak affecting the Hasidic Jewish population that was first seen in this country on the East Coast. Specifically, cases have been detected in congregate settings such as schools, colleges, and community centers.

Mumps is a vaccine-preventable viral illness that is transmitted by coughing and sneezing. Symptoms begin from 12 to 25 days after exposure, and include swelling of salivary glands, fever and inflammation of the testes in teenage and adult males. Up to 20 percent of infected individuals may be asymptomatic, however. Symptoms tend to decrease after one week and usually go away after 10 days, but in some cases the illness can cause severe symptoms that include inflammation of the testicles, meningitis and encephalitis.

“The best protection against the mumps is to make sure that you receive the measles-mumps-rubella vaccination,” said Dr. Fielding. “If you develop mumps symptoms, avoid congregate settings where you could spread the disease to others, and contact your doctor immediately.”

Unimmunized children under age 19 who do not have health insurance or a regular source of health care can receive low-cost or free mumps vaccine through a Public Health center (during vaccine clinic hours), or through their local community health center.

For information on Public Health vaccine clinics, locate a health center near you by using the Public Health website or by calling the LA County Information line at 2-1-1. Contact the health center to make a vaccine appointment.

Mumps Q & A

Mumps Fact Sheet