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Comment Letter to the Federal Government on the Proposed Rule Entitled Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

Today, the California Health and Human Services Agency, along with the California Department of Health Care Services, California Department of Public Health, and the California Department of Social Services, submitted a comment letter to the Federal Government on the Proposed Rule entitled, Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds (83 Fed. Reg. 51114 (Oct. 10, 2018)), RIN …

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Cleaning Up Wildfire Ash Safely: CDPH Recommends Ways to Avoid Potential Health Hazards

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised residents of recent burn areas to use caution in cleaning up ash from wildfires. The ash from trees burned in forest fires is relatively nontoxic and similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. …

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CDPH Recommends Stay Indoors and Reduce Outdoor Activity To Avoid Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised residents where wildfires have been burning, along with people in the smoke’s path, to stay indoors and reduce outdoor activity. “Smoke from wildfires can cause eye and lung irritation. Breathing smoke can also make asthma symptoms …

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Fight Flu this Season by Getting Immunized

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges Californians to get the influenza (flu) vaccine to protect your health during the upcoming flu season. In California, flu usually begins to increase in late November or December. It takes a couple of weeks after vaccination for the body to build immunity, so now is …

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California’s Adolescent Birth Rate Continues to Decline

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that California’s adolescent birth rate (ABR) continues to decline. A new state report indicates a record low of 15.7 births per 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19. Those numbers reflect an 11 percent decline between 2015 and 2016. Declining rates can …

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Cleaning Up Wildfire Ash Safely

CDPH Recommend Ways to Avoid Potential Health Hazards The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning people to be especially careful when cleaning up ash left by wildfires. The ash may contain many toxic substances, including arsenic, asbestos, lead and fine particles that can aggravate asthma and other respiratory problems. “It’s important to limit …

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