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April 30, 2019 | Department of Health Services

Extension of Flu Health Officer Order

Although influenza activity is decreasing across the nation, in certain areas, including Sonoma County, activity remains widespread and significantly elevated above baseline. Read full story

April 25, 2019 | Department of Health Services

Special Publication: Teens and the Vape Debate

"The best approach to prevention seems to be fair education. That is, education on vaping that isn't judgmental, that doesn't gloss over the allure and doesn't simply tell young people they are wrong. It seems like we are moving away from the 'Just Say No' message that failed our society with other substance abuse."- Sonoma West Publishers Staff Read full story

April 24, 2019 | Department of Health Services

Health Advisory: Measles Outbreak in California

Advise patients with suspected measles to stay home with no visitors until at least 4 days after rash onset AND cleared by Sonoma County Disease Control to resume usual activities. Read full story

February 5, 2019 | Department of Health Services

Dog License Limited Time Fee Waiver Program

Licensing your dog is such an important part of responsible pet ownership and to celebrate Sonoma County Animal Services is offering a dog license limited time fee waiver program from February 5th through March 3rd 2019. Read full story

January 30, 2019 | Department of Health Services

The State of Tobacco Control 2019

The State of Tobacco Control 2019 - California Local Grades report looks at county and municipal codes in key areas of tobacco control that protect their citizens from the burden of tobacco. Read full story

October 28, 2018 | Department of Health Services

Animal Services Requests on SoCo Connect

Sonoma County Animal Services can now take requests online to remove a dead animal via SoCo Connect. Read full story

October 24, 2018 | Department of Health Services

Influenza Health Advisory

Influenza activity within Sonoma County and California is currently low; however, some local healthcare providers are beginning to diagnose influenza. Read full story

September 7, 2018 | Department of Health Services

Veterinarians offer tips to protect livestock from wildfire smoke

Veterinarians Offer Tips to Protect Livestock from Wildfire Smoke Read full story

August 22, 2018 | Department of Health Services

Health Advisory: Homeless Healthcare Reminder

Consider screening for infectious diseases that are not uncommon in homeless communities such as TB, sexually transmitted infections (Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea), HIV, and Hepatitis A/B/C. Seize the opportunity of a healthcare visit and avoid delaying next steps. Read full story

August 2, 2018 | Department of Health Services

Health Advisory: Increased Deaths Involving Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogs

In Sonoma County, suspected accidental fentanyl related deaths have increased (12 in 2018 as of 7/31/18, 5 in 2017, and 3 in 2016). In California, fentanyl deaths increased from 2016 to 2017 by 57%. In 2017, 373 fentanyl deaths and 1,882 opioid overdose deaths were reported in California. Read full story