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People who experience substance use disorders often seek help in a hospital’s emergency department. People with an opioid overdose can be saved with drugs like naloxone that quickly reverse the powerful effects of opioids. But it’s not enough.
While these measures save lives, they do not address the complexities of substance use disorder, which can stem from a combination of factors, such as chronic pain, behavioral health disorders, trauma, and a family history of addiction. Learn more about how Substance Use Navigators make a difference.
While many factors may contribute to a person’s reluctance to seek treatment — including the stigma surrounding mental illness — there’s another issue at play in California: our state’s confusing and fragmented behavioral health care system. To learn how each of California’s 58 counties has their own unique system of care, visit the Our Health California website.
A growing body of research shows exposure to racism increases racial disparities in Black people’s health. Compared to their white counterparts, Black babies in Los Angeles are three times more likely to die in their first year. But five hospitals across Los Angeles County, along with the support of several health care partners, are working to change that with Cherished Futures for Black moms and babies. To learn more about the program, visit the Our Health California website.
The Our Health California digital community, supported by the California Hospital Association, sent more than 14,000 messages of gratitude across the state. See some of the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff who received California’s appreciation messages.
In this second surge, when health care workers are fatigued and taking care of a record number of COVID-19 patients, it is more important than ever to let them know Californians are with them in their fight and that they appreciate the relentless work and sacrifices they are making.
Under normal circumstances, both December and January are dangerous months when it comes to the flu. It’s peak flu season — and in fact, National Flu Vaccine is observed the week of December 2-8! As you well know, this year falls outside the realm of “normal” circumstances. In the midst of a pandemic that is threatening to further burden California communities, health care workers, and hospitals, it’s even more essential to do what we can to keep flu risk low. A flu vaccine is the best way to do just that. Here are 5 things the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone should know about the flu shot:
1. It’s never too late to get your flu shot.
While it’s best to get your flu shot early in the season (ideally in October), it is still beneficial to get a flu shot anytime during the season. The flu can be in circulation as late as March, and the shot can help protect you until then.
2. Everyone should get the flu shot, even children and pregnant women.
The flu can affect anyone, and the flu shot is safe for almost everyone. Speak with your doctor about recommendations for your child based on their age and previous vaccinations. And all flu vaccinations are safe for pregnant women and seniors. Even if you’re young and healthy, you can help protect yourself and the vulnerable people around you by getting vaccinated.
3. You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.
Many people think that the flu shot causes you to get the flu. That’s false. You may have side effects like headache, fever, nausea after getting the flu shot, but those should subside within a couple days. It takes up to two weeks to reach full immunity after receiving the shot, so if you do get the flu, it is possible you were exposed to the flu virus before the vaccine took full effect.
4. Get a flu shot every year.
Different strains of the influenza virus are prevalent each year, so the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months or older get a flu shot annually. Many places offer the flu shot including pharmacies, doctor’s offices, county public health department offices, and urgent care clinics.
5. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.
Once you get the shot, use common-sense tactics: Avoid people who are sick, wash your hands regularly, and stay home when you’re feeling symptomatic. Check out our series of flu prevention tips on Facebook (and look out for more, soon!). If you do contract the flu, the best thing to do is get lots of rest!
Whether you’ve already received your flu shot this year or not, help your community stay healthy by sharing this on Facebook and encouraging your family and friends to get the facts about the flu vaccine and get vaccinated themselves.
Want to learn more about the flu and how to prevent it? Check out The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for some great resources or visit FightFluTogether.org to find your closest vaccine location.
Our Health California (OHC), CHA’s digital community of more than 1 million Californians, recently concluded an advocacy campaign to advance key behavioral health legislation — Assembly Bills (AB) 3242 and 2112. The campaign generated more than 8,000 support messages to Gov. Newsom, who has now signed both bills into law.
AB 3242, co-sponsored by CHA and the National Alliance on Mental Illness California, will create greater access to mental health providers by allowing telehealth to be used for 5150 evaluations. AB 2112 will create the state’s first Office of Suicide Prevention, leading research and prevention efforts aimed at reducing suicide rates. Both bills will take effect Jan. 1, 2021.
The OHC campaign included community emails, social media, an issue advocacy petition on Care2, and paid media. OHC has been a long-standing champion of hospitals and equitable access to health care in California.