To the Editor:

The Westfield Board of Health held a meeting on May 7, 2018.  

The Board discussed bicycle safety. As the weather improves and more people get outside we encourage all bicycle riders to wear properly fitted helmets. All riders under the age of 17 are required to wear a helmet under state law. Bicycle safety information for children can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/bike/kids.shtm[TO1] 

The Board reviewed the Health Department reports for April 2018. Sixty-six inspections were conducted.  Sixty-one of the inspections resulted in satisfactory ratings, three inspections did not involve ratings changes, two inspections resulted in conditional ratings. The conditional ratings require that the food establishments make corrections to deficient conditions and prior to a mandatory re-inspection.

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From the Public Health Nursing Reports for January and February: nine schools and childcare centers were audited for compliance with maintaining proper immunization records. For schools that were not 100 percent in compliance the Public Health Nurse provided educational information and will conduct a reinspection to ensure full compliance. Lyme disease continues to be present in the area residents are urged to take precautions against ticks when going outdoors.

Overlook Hospital is offering glucose and blood pressure screenings on the following Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 2 and 9. These screenings will be held at the Overlook Downtown Center located at 357 Springfield Avenue 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 Board approved a resolution supporting state legislation, Senate bill 2173 and Assembly bill 3818, that clarify statutory exemptions from mandatory immunizations. 

The next meeting of the Westfield Board of Health will be on Monday, June 4 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