Health & Wellness

Important Information from the Westfield Board of Health

January 16, 2014 at 8:25 PM

To the Editor:

The Westfield Board of Health met on January 6 for its annual reorganization meeting.  Four new members were appointed by the Mayor with approval of Town Council:  Sherl Brand, Tricia Lerner, Dr. Maria LoGrippo and Joshua Suri.  The Board reelected me as President and Thomas O’Neill Vice President.

In 2013, Westfield residents had 264 newborn babies.  There were 67 marriages and 5 civil unions among residents.  Another 72 marriages occurred in town among nonresidents.  One hundred ninety-six residents died, and 70 other persons died in town.

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During the year, 29 residents reportedly were bitten or scratched by animals.  Animal protection services were provided to one animal which had been mistreated and to 55 surrendered, stray or wild animals.

Influenza activity is now increasing in Union County.  Forty residents were vaccinated in December and IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET YOUR FLU VACCINE.  You can still protect yourself, your family and your friends by being vaccinated against the flu.  Also, State law requires that children under 60 months of age who attend licensed child care or preschool must be vaccinated each year.

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.  To schedule yours, please contact Laura Scanlon, the Public Health Nursing Supervisor, at 908-789-4070 x4074 or lscanlon@westfieldnj.gov.

The Health Department is sponsoring health screenings with Overlook Hospital in the Municipal Building.  Cholesterol screening will be on Thursday, January 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a $10 charge.  For more information and to register, please contact the Overlook 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 January 6 meeting will be posted after review and approval at our February 3 meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building.  At that meeting, we will discuss our goals for 2014.  As always, the public is invited to attend.

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