To the Editor:

The Westfield Board of Health held a meeting on Jan. 22, 2018.  

Influenza (flu) is widespread in the area, see the Center for Disease Control’s map at www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm.  It is not too late to get a flu inoculation; you, your family, and your co-workers can benefit if you get the vaccine.  Please do not delay; it can take up to two weeks for the flu shot to protect you from the virus. Vaccines are readily available from your health care provider and many of the area pharmacies.

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The board reviewed the Westfield Regional Health Department reports for December 2017.  During the end of November and through December the Department conducted 25 inspections; 21 resulted in satisfactory ratings, one (a walk-in investigation) resulted in no rating and three were found conditionally satisfactory.  

Six schools were audited for compliance with maintaining proper immunization records. All schools were 100 percent in compliance. Childhood lead prevention investigations were discussed. One child in Westfield is the subject of a lead investigation.

Overlook Hospital is offering glucose and blood pressure screenings on the following Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Feb. 5, 12, and 26, and March 5, 12, 19 and 26. These screenings will be held at the Overlook Downtown Center located at 357 Springfield Ave. Summit, New Jersey. Each of these screenings requires pre-registration and there is no fee. Call 1-800-247-9580 to register.

Information on the Health Department’s activities, including Child Health Clinics and Vaccines for Adults, and other programs and activities can be found on the Westfield Regional Health Department website at www.westfieldnj.gov/health.  

The next meeting of the Westfield Board of Health will be on Monday, March 5, at 5:30 p..m. in the Westfield Municipal Building; the public is invited to attend.

Respectfully Submitted,

Thomas K. O’Neill, President

Westfield Board of Health