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Local Health Centers are the Chemistry for Strong Communities

We have grown together during more than five decades. We have made it our mission to eliminate health disparities in our communities, with personalized, culturally inclusive care and support.

We celebrate our role in the community every August during National Health Center Week.

But unlike previous years where the focus has been on celebration, we’re also being more reflective. We have always served as a place of strength, care, hope, and service for our community. In the time of COVID, we’ve worked to find innovative ways to provide preventive and primary care to our patients, all while keeping you safe.

Despite that, we’ve lost beloved patients, staff, and front-line providers. In addition to special programming during the week of Aug. 7, we will commemorate those lives and ask you help us shine a light on the work we do.

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Focus Days

This year, we celebrate the role we play in strengthening our communities during National Health Center Week. Every day from Aug. 7 – 13, there will be an area of emphasis:

AltaMed Is Here for You

We bring you convenient, culturally sensitive care. But to help our communities grow healthy, we help with equitable access to schools, good jobs, healthful foods, essential services, and elected officials who reflect and respect the people they serve.

It takes a community, and we’re your community health center. We’re committed to educating, engaging, and mobilizing our members, our staff, our partners, and our leaders. Learn more about our ongoing efforts and initiatives.

Follow this link to get started with AltaMed or call us at (888) 499-9303.

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Tips to Stay Healthy this Summer

Summer conjures images of carefree fun, soaking in the sunshine, splashing in the waves, and enjoying those summer nights.

You can do all those things but still stay healthy with a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Keep Moving

Take advantage of better weather by getting outside and going for a stroll, hike, or bike ride. Just 30 minutes a day can do a world of good. You can plan to do it earlier in the morning or closer to dusk when it won’t be so hot. It’s good for your heart, helps reduce anxiety, and will help you sleep.

Watch Your Skin

You need to protect yourself not just from the sun, but from biting insects.

Spend time in the shade, wear wide-brimmed hats, cover up, and use sunscreen to keep from getting burned. Use insect repellent or wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect against ticks and mosquito bites.

If you plan on wearing both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first, then apply the repellent. Always check for ticks after hiking in the woods.

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Eat Right

So many delicious fruits and vegetables are in season in the summer. They are packed with water to help keep you hydrated and refreshed. Pair them with lean proteins and you won’t feel weighed down for your summer activities. You want to feel fueled up for the fun.

Keep Cool

Don’t overdo it outside. Take breaks to get out of the heat. Drink plenty of water as well. Check the weather to see what temperatures will be like if you have outdoor activities planned.

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Think When You Drink

Water is always the best choice for hydrating. Sugary sodas and energy drinks only add calories. Infuse your water with fruit like lemons and limes, or maybe add some cucumbers to make things a little different. It will be a refreshing change of pace while keeping you hydrated.

With You All Year

AltaMed is with you year-round from infancy through your golden years. You can get started with AltaMed. We’re here for you at any stage of life. Contact us today at (877) 462-2582.

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Here’s the Latest Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

The FDA has authorized third doses, booster shots, and second booster shots to help you and your family stay protected against the coronavirus. These shots are recommended to maximize protection against the virus and its variants. Now, you may be wondering what is the difference between a third dose, a booster shot, and a second booster shot?

What is a booster shot and who can get it?

If you are fully vaccinated and not immunocompromised, you may eligible for a booster shot. Fully vaccinated is defined as someone who has already received two doses of the Pfizer (Comirnaty) or Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine, or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. For the Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine, a booster shot is different dosage than a third dose.

For those who received the Pfizer (Comirnaty) or the Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at five months or more after completing their initial series:
 

  • 12 years and over for Pfizer (Comirnaty) and 18 and over for Moderna (Spikevax)

For those who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, anyone who is 18 and older and who was vaccinated two or more months ago, can receive a booster shot.

Booster shots are most important for people that are 65 and over, those with immune compromising conditions and those that are overweight or have chronic health conditions as these people can suffer more serious COVID-19 disease if they have not gotten all their recommended vaccines including their booster shots.

What is a second booster shot and who can get it?

The CDC now recommends a second booster shot of either the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) or Moderna (Spikevax) COVID-19 vaccines for the following groups:
 

  • Individuals aged 50 or older
  • Individuals aged 12 and over with moderate to severe immune comprise

The second booster will be available to eligible individuals beginning four months after their first booster. Public Health sites will administer second booster shots to those eligible starting Wednesday, March 30. More information is available here.

What is a third dose and who can get it?

If you received either the Pfizer (Comirnaty) or Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine and are immunocompromised, you need a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine following your initial vaccine series. The third dose is to help people get the same level of protection (or immunity) as people who are not immunocompromised. After you get the third dose, you can get a booster when you are eligible.
 

  • You must have had the first two doses of the Pfizer (Comirnaty) or Moderna (Spikevax) vaccine
  • It has been 28 days since your last COVID-19 vaccine
  • You have one of the following conditions:
    • History of solid organ transplant
    • History of bone marrow or stem cell transplant
    • Current cancer or on chemotherapy
    • Untreated or uncontrolled HIV
    • Chronic steroid use for one month or more
    • Use of immune modulating therapies such as Rituximab
    • Kidney disease requiring dialysis
    • Presence of cirrhosis
    • Inherited or acquired immune deficiency syndromes (AIDS)
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Stop the spread

Getting vaccinated remains the most important and effective step to ending the coronavirus pandemic. AltaMed has free vaccine events. You can also contact our vaccine hotline at (888) 909-5232 to schedule your booster COVID-19 shot.

In the meantime, regardless of your vaccination status:
 

  • You need to follow local and state safety guidelines.
  • Wear a face mask when indoors or in crowds to protect yourself and others.
  • Maintain hand hygiene — use hand sanitizer to clean hands frequently, and wash hands for 20 seconds at a time.
  • Wipe down any surfaces you touch.

Local Health Centers are the Chemistry for Strong Communities