Category: Consumers

World Immunization Week is April 24-30

Immunization can save millions of lives each year. That’s the most important message the World Health Organization (WHO) wants you to know during World Immunization Week, which is observed April 24-30. World Immunization Week grew from a local and international grassroots effort. The goal of the public health campaign is to raise awareness and increase…

FDA Warns of Flu Treatment Claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers to be wary of unapproved products claiming to prevent, treat or cure influenza or flu and to avoid buying prescription-only flu medicines from unlicensed online pharmacies. This year’s deadly flu season may tempt some consumers to buy unproven flu treatments, and even…

Dog Flu is No Walk in the Park

The flu isn’t just for humans. Dogs can catch the flu from other dogs, and, similar to the human flu, is highly contagious. According to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, dog flu—or canine influenza—is spreading throughout the country, including in California. According to a San Francisco Chronicle article in January, one pet hospital…

Coming Soon: National Consumer Protection Week, March 4–10

Learn more about your consumer rights and ways to make well-informed decisions about your money during National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) March 4–10. Presented by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the week-long campaign is a coordinated effort by federal, state, and local agencies and organizations to provide consumers with information and resources to protect themselves…

Hold the Phone: State Issues Advisory on Cellphones, Radiation Exposure

Despite mixed signals from studies, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently released guidance about health concerns surrounding cellphone usage and tips on how to reduce your exposure to radio frequency (RF) energy. “Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term,…

New Livestock Law (SB 27) Will Regulate Animal Antibiotics

With Senate Bill 27 (SB 27) now law, California becomes the first state to significantly support the move toward judicious use of antibiotics in livestock, including new restrictions on how antibiotics can be used. SB 27, which was authored by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), took effect January 1, 2018, and is a ground-breaking step…

Robust Flu Season Still in Full Swing

Although it’s the end of January, flu season doesn’t show any signs of letting up. The season started early, the whole country is still experiencing widespread flu activity, and it looks like it will continue for a while, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “In the past, if you look at…

La inscripción para Covered California finaliza el 31 de enero.

Aún tienes tiempo, pero no mucho. Si desea cobertura para el 2018 bajo un plan de salud de Covered California, debe inscribirse antes de que la fecha de inscripción abierta terminé, el 31 de enero. Incluyendo los miembros actuales que buscan renovar y aquellos que buscan hacer cambios a sus planes también deben hacerlo antes…

Covered California Open Enrollment Ends January 31

You still have time, but not much. If you want coverage for 2018 under a Covered California health plan, you must enroll by the end date of open enrollment, January 31. Current members seeking to renew and those looking to make changes to their plans must do so by the January 31 deadline, as well.…

New Laws for the New Year

From making California into a sanctuary state to banning marijuana use while driving, hundreds of new California laws were signed by Governor Brown last year. Here’s a sampling of laws that became effective January 1. Optometrists’ scope of practice: AB 443 alleviates pressure on the health care system and makes eye care more accessible by…

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