Important Information from the Westfield Board of Health
Thursday, October 17, 2013 • 10:04am
To the Editor:
The Westfield Board of Health met on October 7.
The seasonal influenza vaccination program is on-going. Join us and get vaccinated now, since it is best to develop immunity and be protected before the flu starts spreading. The Westfield Regional Health Department offers many types of flu vaccine. For all types, there is a $15 cash fee for each person who does not have Medicare B or one of the following insurances: Aetna, CIGNA, Humana, Medicaid and United Healthcare.
Residents can contact Ms. Laura Scanlon, the Public Health Nursing Supervisor, at 908-789-4070, extension 4074, or email@example.com to schedule a flu vaccination appointment at the Health Department office in the Municipal Building.
In addition, community vaccination clinics will be held in Summit on Friday, October 18, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and in Roselle Park on Wednesday, October 23, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. All flu vaccination sites are posted on the department’s website http://www.westfieldnj.gov/health.
The federally funded Vaccines for Adults Program has also started. Residents who are uninsured, on Medicaid or have Medicare, but not Part D, are eligible. Available vaccines are for shingles, pneumonia, meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough/pertussis (Tdap) and human papilloma virus. For more information, please contact Ms. Scanlon.
Of 19 retail food establishments inspected, all were satisfactory. Of 30 food vendors inspected as part of Festifall, 28 were approved, one was issued a summons and one was removed from the event.
A reminder from the Sustainability Committee: Please do not dispose of medications in the toilet. The wastewater treatment plant cannot process medicines, which can then adversely affect wildlife. Rather, dispose of unwanted medications safely in the garbage or in the drop-off box located in the County Police Building at 300 North Avenue East.
The Health Department is sponsoring glucose and hemoglobin screenings with Overlook Hospital in the Municipal Building on Thursday, October 17, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. There is a $10.00 charge. For more information and to register, please call the Overlook Medical Center Community Health Department at 1-800-247-9580.
Information about all of the Department’s activities is available on its website http://www.westfieldnj.gov/health. The complete minutes of the October 7 meeting will be posted after review and approval at our November 4 meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building.