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Pasadena Highlights Tuberculosis and Immunization Clinics During National Public Health Week As Cases Rise in Region

Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 | 5:58 am
 

The City of Pasadena’s Public Health Department is marking National Public Health Week by spotlighting its tuberculosis (TB) and immunization clinics, emphasizing their critical role in safeguarding community health amid a rise in TB cases across Southern California.

California experienced a 15 percent increase in TB cases in 2023 compared to the previous year, marking the highest year-over-year increase in over two decades, according to the California Department of Public Health. The state reported 2,113 TB cases in 2023, up from 1,842 in 2022, continuing a four-year upward trend.

Los Angeles County, which includes Pasadena, has also seen a steady rise in TB cases since 2020, with an 18 percent increase in recent years. Public health officials attribute this resurgence to factors such as missed or delayed diagnoses, reduced emphasis on prevention, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare resources and patient behavior.

In response, Pasadena’s Public Health Department is leveraging its TB Clinic to provide comprehensive services to control and prevent the transmission of tuberculosis in the community. These services include medical check-ups by specialized doctors, chest X-rays, case management by Public Health Nurses, prescribed medicines, and Directly Observed Therapy to ensure treatment compliance. 

The Department has also revised its TB testing policy for school-aged students, expanding testing to those at elevated risk for the disease. TB screening fees for immigrants, employment, and school clearance range from $26 to $112.

The Public Health Department’s Immunization Clinic offers vaccinations for teens, adults, and travelers, following recommendations set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The clinic operates on Mondays and Wednesdays, providing vaccinations and immunization record replacement. While the clinic does not accept health insurance for payment, free vaccinations are available for those who qualify under specific programs.

The Department emphasizes the importance of staying up to date on vaccines to reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses like RSV, influenza, and COVID-19. Pasadena residents can access free flu vaccines during the fall season at the Public Health Department.

The Pasadena Public Health Department, located at 1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave, provides a wide range of health services for residents of all ages. More information on clinic services can be found on the Department’s website at bit.ly/PPHD-Clinics.

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