Health & Wellness

Westfield Teen Died from Flu, Health Department Confirms

January 18, 2013 at 7:41 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ—The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has confirmed that Westfield High School Freshman Mark Hollaway’s death Wednesday was related to the flu. Hollaway had not gotten the flu vaccine, but had no underlying medical issues and those who knew him had expected him to recover.

This flu season has been described as earlier and more severe than usual.

“In an average flu season, thousands of people die. In a bad flu season, tens of thousands of people die,” Megan Avallone, health officer for the the Westfield Regional Health Department, told TAP.

Sign Up for E-News

“It is important for individuals to understand that the flu is always serious,” Avallone said. “If you think you’re sick with the flu, you should at least contact your doctor. There are antivirals available and these are most effective within the 48 hours of symptoms beginning.”

A statement on the Town of Westfield’s homepage, reads, “While a severe case of the flu can be life-threatening, please be assured that this was an isolated case. The Westfield Board of Health, in conjunction with the school district’s nursing staff and superintendent of schools, is carefully monitoring school attendance for any signs of increased absenteeism due to the flu. At this time, there is no increase in absenteeism that would suggest a high flu activity in the schools. Please be assured that the schools are taking appropriate preventative measures such as washing surfaces with special soap, providing hand sanitizers throughout the school facilities, and teaching the students to wash their hands frequently, sneeze and cough into a tissue or sleeve, and not to share food or drinks.”

Flu vaccinations are not mandatory for students attending Westfield High School, though students exhibiting symptoms are required to stay home.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Family Promise Fall Fling Nov. 4; Tickets STILL AVAILABLE FOR EVENT at Canoe Brook Country Club

October 27, 2016

SUMMIT, NJ - Family Promise will host its annual "Fall Fling" fundraiser Friday, Nov. 4 from 7 to 11 p.m., at Canoe Brook Country Club. The Summit-based national non-profit will honor its founder, Karen Olson, who retired earlier this year. Former Summit Mayor Janet Whitman will serve as honorary chair for the event. 

The program this year centers on The Power of One: the power ...

Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad Thanks Donors

October 25, 2016

The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad is sending out their last Fund Drive letter for the year.  The Rescue Squad has raised approximately 70 percent of their operational budget so far and hopes this holiday mailer will provide the remaining funds necessary to properly support the squad's operations. 

Westfield residents and businesses have been very generous over the year ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, October 27, 11:00 AM

Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield

Children's and Teen's Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, October 27, 11:30 AM

Lavy House Senior Resource Center, Westfield

Medicare: Choosing the Right Options for You

Health & Wellness


Thu, October 27, 7:00 PM

Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark

Engineering As A Career Choice For Girls at ...

Westfield Police Blotter: DWI, Camera Found in Parking Lot & More

October 26, 2016

October 18, 2016 6:37 p.m.

Leandro Olivo, age 24, of South Bound Brook, NJ, was arrested at Westfield Police Department headquarters on the strength of an outstanding warrant ($500) out of Westfield Municipal Court. He was processed and and then released after posting full bail.

October 19, 2016 12:40 a.m.

Debarshi Palit, age 26, of Scotch Plains, NJ, was arrested for driving while ...

Family Promise Partners with HomeAid to House Homeless Families

October 26, 2016

Family Promise, the Summit-based leading nonprofit that engages communities to help homeless families regain their independence, has partnered with HomeAid, a national nonprofit that builds and renovates facilities and housing for those experiencing homelessness.  The relationship will allow Family Promise Affiliates nationwide to be considered for HomeAid building projects in ...

Westfield Area YMCA Child Care Programs Celebrate Healthy U

The Westfield Area YMCA is participating for the 8th year in the state-wide Healthy U program and held a variety of kickoff events at multiple locations.  This year, the Y is also celebrating National Farm to School Month.  

At the Y Early Learning Center, the young students celebrated the Healthy U kickoff event with a trip to the “Pumpkin Patch” that sprouted ...

Dog Last Seen in Cranford

Missing dog from Cranford. Last seen Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. near the Cranford Conservation Center. Her name is Cali and she is very shy. Please don't chase. Call Cranford police with any info.

Imagine Seeks Volunteers for January, 2017 Training Class

Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, serving all of Union County and beyond, provides free grief support programs for children, teens and young adults who are coping with a chronic or terminal illness in the family as well as a loss due to death. The program also provides separate support groups for the parents and guardians of the children served. Currently located in Westfield, NJ, the ...

‘Mama’s Boy’ Explores the Life of Lee Harvey Oswald

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Despite the Warren Commission, an Oliver Stone movie and various speculations, in the long run it seems that Lee Harvey Oswald acted on his own in assassinating President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. But Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby before his motives could be explored.

Rob Urbinati’s play, now at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, delves into the ...

Pass me a Flagel with Cream Cheese, Please

“Ummm, this is good,” said my husband with a mouthful of food. “What is it?”

I looked up from the kitchen sink where I was doing dishes.  “It’s a cronut.”

“A what?”

“A cronut.  It’s part croissant part doughnut.”

He looked at me like I had two heads.

“I was actually going to get some duffins, ...

In Your Community

Community Discussion on "Being Mortal"

Together, Kent Place School and Overlook Medical Center invite the community to a free film screening of the PBS Frontline film, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” on Tuesday, October 25 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, a professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public ...

Westfield Senior Named National Hispanic Scholar

Natalia Zeller MacLean, a Westfield High School senior, has been named a National Hispanic Scholar by the College Board, based on her PSAT test scores last year.  About 5,000 (the top 2 percent) of the roughly 250,000 Hispanic students who take the test receive the award.  

Natalia, who is of Bolivian heritage and bilingual, is also among the Westfield High School students named ...

Renovations for Adding Home Value

Everybody wants the most money possible for their home when it comes time to sell, and buyers in today’s market want an updated, move-in ready home. In order to get what you want, or need, out of your home, you may have to do some updates before moving. But how do you know which renovations to tackle and which ones might be better left for the next owners? Let’s take a look at some of ...

Child Support – How New Jersey Courts Calculate and Modify Support Obligations

In New Jersey, child-support is defined as a financial payment from one parent to the other to provide for the needs of their child or children.   Child support is the right of every child and neither spouse can waive this responsibility.  All parents regardless of their marital status have an obligation to support their children until they are deemed emancipated.

In most ...

Devils Launch Community Recognition Initiative “Newark’s Cornerstones” on City’s 350th Anniversary

October 26, 2016

NEWARK, NJ – It’s not often that hockey fans are treated with a special appearance from a retired superstar at the arena. So when former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was in town this past weekend for the official unveiling of “The Salute,” a 900-pound bronze statue that immortalized the future NHL Hall of Famer’s career, it was a special ...