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Sutter County Public Health Division
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.
Fact Sheets
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
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 reported.

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 pertussis.

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: . 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 around animals.

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.
What Are We Drinking?
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).
Immunization Clinic
Where: 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!
When: 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)
  Printable Flyer 

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.

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

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 recibiendo 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 sin seguro médico o con seguro médico que no cubre el costo de las vacunas podrán seguir recibiendo vacunas a bajo costo.
New Rule Shots Before School
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.

Safely Surrender Your Baby

Designated Safe Surrender Sites for Sutter County:
  • Fremont Medical Center Outpatient Department,
    970 Plumas Street, Yuba City
  • Rideout Emergency Department,
    726 4th Street, Marysville

For more information, please visit:

Or call: Toll free 1-800-371-3177
Toll free access provided by Sutter County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program
Emergency Preparedness
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.

Emergencies Happen!
Ready Sutter: You can do this! Collect these nine essential items to help you shelter-in-place in the event of an emergency. General links:
Skin and Staph Infections
Skin and Staph Infections Staphylococcus aureus (staph) are bacteria that many healthy people carry on their skin or in their nose. Staph can sometimes cause serious infections like pneumonia, blood, or joint infections, and deep skin infections.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph that is 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 MRSA.
Public Health Information Brochures

Shaken Baby Syndrome
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. Early Prenatal Care
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.

Child Development Behavioral Specialist
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
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.

Public Health Laboratory
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.

Public Health Nursing
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

Safe Sleep for Your Baby
Safety Tips for Infants

Teen Pregnancy Education
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.

Tobacco Control Program
This section of the website is brought to you by the Tobacco Control Program of the Sutter County Health Education and Promotion unit.

Women's, Infant, Children Supplemental Food Program (WIC)
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.

Contact Information
Assistant Director of Human Services: Amerjit Bhattal
Health Officer: Dr. Lou Anne Cummings
Address: 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle
Yuba City, CA  95993
Phone Number: (530) 822-7215
Fax Number: (530) 822-7223
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