Skip to content..
Skip to left column..
Skip to right column..
Sutter County Seal - Click to go to the home page.
Sutter County website banner Government Channel Menu
Sutter County website banner Government Channel
Sutter County website banner Sutter Buttes - the smallest mountain range Sutter Buttes - the smallest mountain range Sutter County website banner


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
Information Letter to Parents Regarding the California Measles Outbreak 2015

Feb 13, 2015

California is having a measles outbreak with cases occurring around the state. Measles spreads very easily by air and by direct contact. Simply being in the same room with someone who has measles is sufficient to become infected. At this time there are no confirmed cases in this region, but because measles is so contagious we want you to provide you with information so that you know what you can do to prevent your child from getting measles, what to watch for and what to do if you think that your child might have measles.

Usually about 8-12 days (but up to 21 days) after exposure, measles begins with a mild to moderate fever accompanied by cough, runny nose, and red eyes. Two or three days later, the fever spikes, often as high as 104-105°F. At the same time, a red blotchy rash appears, usually first on the face, along the hairline and behind the ears. The rash rapidly spreads downward to the chest and back and, finally, to the thighs and feet. Most students with measles are sick enough that they miss at least a week of school. One in every 20 people with measles develops pneumonia and, more rarely, serious, even life-threatening complications can occur.

Your child is at risk of developing measles if she/he has never had the disease or has never received the measles vaccine. This is also true for any adult or child in your household who has never had measles or the immunization if they are exposed to someone with measles.

Measles vaccine, which is given in combination with rubella and mumps vaccine (MMR) is effective and safe and two doses are recommended for children. If your child has not received MMR vaccine or has only received one dose, we recommend that you contact your healthcare provider for immunization as soon as possible. If you do not have a healthcare provider, MMR vaccine is available to adults and children only during this measles outbreak at the Sutter County Public Health Immunization Clinic located at 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm and on Fridays from 8-11 am, except on holidays.

If your child develops an illness with fever (101°F or more), cough, runny nose or red eyes, with or without rash, contact your healthcare provider and tell the staff that you think that your child may have measles before going to the clinic or the emergency room, to get directions on what to do next. Keep your child at home until the doctor and the school staff have cleared him/her to return.

If you have any questions, you can go to the following resources:

Chapter 4 State-purchased MMR Vaccine Available to Adults and Children During the Measles Outbreak

Feb 4, 2015

The California Department of Public Health has made available state-purchased MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine to help prevent spread of measles during the current measles outbreak. State-purchased vaccine usually is restricted to persons who meet eligibility criteria. To help stop the measles outbreak in California, this state-purchased MMR vaccine will be available to adults and children regardless of insurance status, but only during this measles outbreak.

Sutter County Public Health will be receiving the state MMR vaccine and will offer it in the SCPH regularly scheduled immunization clinics at 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City:

  • Mon 1-4
  • Wed 1-4
  • Fri 8-11

The MMR vaccine will be available to all persons over the age of 12 months who need an MMR, regardless of health insurance status.

Persons under age 18 are recommended to have two MMRs.

Persons who were born before 1957 or who have received an MMR at some time should not need another MMR under most circumstances.

Adults born after 1956 generally only need one dose of MMR. Two doses are recommended for the following adults born after 1956:

  • Work in a healthcare facility (also: if born before 1957 and no evidence of immunity), or
  • Plan to travel internationally, or
  • Are postsecondary students, or
  • Who received measles vaccine during 1963–1967

Health insurance for an adult may not cover an MMR, so this state purchased vaccine is an opportunity to get an MMR if you were born after 1956 and have not had an MMR immunization.

For more information, call SCPH at 822-7215.

State Health Officer's Report on E-Cigarettes: A Community Health Threat
State Health Officer's Report on E-Cigarettes Sutter County Public Health officials applaud the California Department of Public Health for providing solid, reliable information about the dangers of e-cigarettes with today’s release of the State Health Officer’s Report on E-Cigarettes. Local health officials have worked for the past 25 years to reduce smoking rates, and are troubled that e-cigarettes are turning back the clock on addiction and recruiting a new generation of youth to use nicotine products.

Health Officer Dr. Lou Anne Cummings says: “We are pleased the California Department of Public Health issued this State Health Officer’s Report to educate our community about the dangers of e-cigarettes. We have been waiting for this type of solid guidance and information because it allows us to better protect the health of our community.”

The State Health Officer has also issued a State Health Advisory including warnings for local medical providers about the dramatic number of nicotine poisonings reported due to the use of these products. There has been a significant rise in the number of calls to poison control centers for both adults and children who were accidently exposed to e-liquids. Even a small amount of e-liquid ingested by a small child can be lethal.

The presence of e-cigarettes in Sutter County has significantly increased in the last 3 years. The unregulated e-cigarette advertising and marketing taking place is creating a new generation of youth addicted to nicotine.

  • Local youth report that it is common to see their classmates using e-cigarettes at school; one student even said “Every freshman has one (e-hookah/ vape pen)”
  • In a recent Youth Purchase Survey conducted by Sutter County Tobacco Control, 10% of local stores visited were willing to sell products containing nicotine to underage youth and 80% of the products they were willing to sell were electronic nicotine devices

The Health Advisory from State Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman states: “There is no scientific evidence that e-cigarettes help smokers to successfully quit traditional cigarettes.” The report also sited that the use of electronic products by teens has now surpassed the use of traditional tobacco products. This is important because 90% of cigarette smokers started smoking before age 18; with the increasing promotion and availability of these new nicotine products, tobacco companies are increasing the odds that our youth will acquire a lifelong, life-shortening and expensive addiction.

The Cost of Smoking in California
Every ten years, the Cost of Smoking in California report analyzes the economic burden of smoking, illustrating the costs associated with smoking-related illnesses and premature death. The study found the overall cost of smoking for California in 2009 was $18.1 billion. Included in figure are the direct healthcare costs and indirect costs from lost productivity due to illness and premature death. According to the report, in Sutter County alone, smoking costs our community more than $56 million every year.
Ebola Virus
The Ebola virus outbreak in Africa is on the watch list in the United States. While the possibility of infected persons entering the U.S. remains low, federal, state and local health departments and healthcare professionals and hospitals across the country are informed about Ebola and what to do if there is a suspected case. Healthcare and public health are on alert for any potential cases in the United States brought in by travel.

For more information about Ebola virus and the preparations to protect against Ebola, go to the CDC Ebola webpage.
Flu Vaccine 2014 - 2015
Flu vaccine remains the single most effective way to prevent the flu and it is very important to get your flu vaccine in addition to washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick.
  • Flu vaccine will be available, starting September 29th, 2014, during the normal Immunization Clinic hours shown below only, on a first come, first serve basis, until supplies are exhausted
  • Injectable flu vaccine is available for infants 6 months and older
  • Wear clothing that quickly bares the upper arm near the shoulder in case an injection is needed
  • Intranasal FluMist spray is available for healthy people 2-49 years of age
  • Vaccine information and the screening and consent forms are available below and may be completed beforehand and brought with you to the clinic
  • $5.00 donation accepted
Vaccine Information:

Screening and Consent Forms:

The drive-through flu vaccine clinic is a public health emergency preparedness exercise that helps Sutter County Public Health to test its emergency plans. It also offers residents an opportunity to participate and learn about one of the ways that public health prepares to protect the people of our community in the event of an epidemic or other health emergency.

  • Flu vaccine will be offered at the Annual Drive-Through Clinic, held on September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon at Riverbend Elementary School, 301 Stewart Road, Yuba City
  • Intranasal FluMist available to all healthy people, ages 2 through 49
  • Injectable flu available age 18 and over (not available for under 18 years at the drive through)
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

  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.. Please see the following information from the California Department of 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 may continue to be vaccinated at SCPH.. Children with health insurance that does not cover the cost of vaccinations may be eligible to receive low-cost immunizations at Federally Qualified Health Centers. Contact PeachTree, Ampla or Feather River Tribal Health for more information.
Donde: Sutter County Public Health
  1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City
  Clinica de Inmunizacion
  No hay cita necesaria
  Debe traer el registro amarillo de su hijo!
Cuando: Lunes - 1-4 pm
  Miercoles - 1-4 pm
  Viernes - 8-11 am

  Pruebas de la piel de la tuberculosis disponibles
  Vacunas limitadas para Adultos
  (Llame al 822-7215 para mas información)

VACUNAS GRATIS: Ninos calificados – Recién nacidos hasta los 5 anos de edad; Solamente para residentes del Condado de Sutter.

Proporcionado a través de una subvencion de Sutter County Children & Families Comission en colaboración con la Salud Publica del Condado de Sutter.

AVISO IMPORTANTE: Nuevas regulaciones se aplican a las vacunas suministradas por el gobierno. Por favor vea la información siguiente del Departamento de Salud Publica de California.

Adultos y niños con seguro privado que paga por las vacunas, ya no podrán recibir vacunas de bajo costo en los departamentos de salud. Individuos completamente asegurados deben visitar a su medico para que se vacunen. Solamente los adultos y los niños sin seguro de salud podrán continuar a ser vacunados en SCPH (Salud Publica del Condado de Sutter). Ninos con seguro medico que no cubre el costo de las vacunas pueden ser elegibles para recibir vacunas de bajo costo en los centros de salud federalmente calificados. Pueden comunicarse con los centros de Peach Tree, Ampla o Feather River Tribal Health para mas información.

Shots Before School
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:
Ebola Virus
The Ebola virus outbreak in Africa is on the watch list in the United States. While the possibility of infected persons entering the U.S. remains low, federal, state and local health departments and healthcare professionals and hospitals across the country are informed about Ebola and what to do if there is a suspected case. Healthcare and public health are on alert for any potential cases in the United States brought in by travel.

For more information about Ebola virus and the preparations to protect against Ebola, go to the CDC Ebola webpage at
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 August 2014, there have been almost 7,000 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.
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.
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
E-mail:   Send Message
Map: Show Location
  This is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.
You can download a free PDF reader from Adobe.