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Next Board of Health Meeting
Tuesday, November 19, 7:30pm
Madison Civic Center
Adult Health Screening
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Appts required, $25.00 fee
Open to ALL residents, both men and women
Comprehensive Metabolic Profile Blood Analysis (CMP analysis)
Check total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol; blood pressure checks; learn about how to keep the heart healthy through diet and exercise
Registration begins Thursday, November 7th
Call 973-593-3079 x 1
Participants should have their physician’s name, address and telephone number ready when they call!
Men’s Health Screening
Monday, December 9, 2013
6pm – 8pm
Appts required, No fee
Open to males 18 yrs + from Madison, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township and Springfield
Testicular, prostate and colo-rectal screening
Sign ups begin Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
Call 973 593 3079 x 1
Safe and Proper Use of Woodstoves and Fireplaces
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is reminding all New Jersey residents to be cautious this winter and have consideration for the environment and neighbors when burning wood for heat.
Wood smoke contains fine particles that can contribute to air pollution. Follow the guidelines recommended by the DEP to greatly reduce or eliminate smoke while burning wood:
- Allow wood to sit outdoors, or “season”, for at least six months before burning it. Seasoned wood is darker, has cracks in the end grain and sounds hollow when smacked against another piece of wood. The longer the wood sits in a dry place before burning, the better that the wood will burn
- Make sure the wood is dry. Wood burns most efficiently when its moisture content is below 20%. You can test this with a wood moisture meter
- Store wood, stacked neatly off the ground with the top covered to avoid rainwater
- Start fires with newspaper and dry kindling and keep them burning hot
- Regularly remove ashes to ensure proper airflow
- Do not burn garbage, cardboard, plastics, wrapping materials, painted materials or other materials
- Keep anything flammable far away from any wood-burning appliance and keep an accessible fire extinguisher nearby
Rodent Prevention Measures
Rodent activity causes damage to homes and food supplies each year. They can also spread diseases to humans directly, from bites or contaminated food, or indirectly from ticks and fleas. Take precautions and prevent rodent attraction by practicing the following measures.
Identifying Rodent Infestations:
- Notice rodent droppings near food, in drawers, or under the sink
- Find nesting material like shredded paper or plant matter
- Notice gnawing on food packages
- Find holes or entry ways into the home – rat burrows are holes in the soil approximately the size of a baseball
- Make sure all garbage is sealed properly without any spillage or overloading
- Seal openings where entry points for rodents may be located – under porches, for example
- Keep grass short and remove weeds
- Avoid throwing bird food or scraps of crackers, bread, etc. outside
- Keep bird feeders away from the house
- Clean animal feces regularly
- Store food in proper containers with tight lids
- Keep compost bins (for leaves, grass and garden material) away from the house and elevate any woodpiles at least 1 foot above the ground
West Nile Virus
The New Jersey State-Wide West Nile surveillance system has detected an increase in West Nile Virus activity (in mosquitoes, birds and humans) in New Jersey. As of August 30th the New Jersey Department of Health has reported the following:
How Prevalent is WNV in Morris County?
Five human cases of WNV have been identified in the following four counties: Bergen (1),
Burlington (1), Camden (2), Gloucester (1) and Morris (1).
- 19 birds tested positive for WNV from 8 counties, none from Morris to date
- 390 mosquito pools tested positive for WNV from 19 counties, including: Morris with 22
- Local mosquito commissions are working hard with local health departments to monitor and control the spread of West Nile virus in the mosquito population
When is the Peak Season for WNV?
In the past, peak West Nile Virus activity in New Jersey usually occurred in
How is WNV transmitted to people?
West Nile Virus is transmitted primarily by the bite of an infective mosquito. Residents
are advised to take precautions to reduce the risk of mosquito bites.
What Can Be Done to Prevent WNV?
- When outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient: The gold standard for mosquito repellent is DEET, which may be used on adults and children greater than two months of age
- Limit time outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, or wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants during those times
- Keep mosquito netting over infant seats and strollers
- Eliminate any standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs. Mosquitoes that breed around the home are primarily responsible for transmitting West Nile Virus to humans! Morris County residents may report mosquito problems and standing water to the Morris County Mosquito Commission at (973) 285-6450
- Install or repair window and door screens
- Support community-based mosquito control programs
What are the Symptoms of WNV?
West Nile virus infection generally causes no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms.
About one in 150 people infected with WNV, or less than one percent, will develop a
more severe form of the disease. Symptoms of the more severe disease can include severe
headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions,
muscle weakness, paralysis and death. The elderly are at higher risk of more severe
What are other sources of information on WNV?
- The NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services website at http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/westnile/enceph.htm
- CDC web site at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/
- The Morris County Mosquito Commission website at www.morrismosquito.org
The Morris County Mosquito Commission website also provides up-to-date information on where and when mosquito spraying will be occurring.
New Underage Drinking Ordinance in Madison
Get more information on the underage persons private property law regarding alcohol use. Private Propery Ordinance Brochure
Learn what you should do if bear visit your neighborhood or yard!
Click here for important safety tips
Mold Awareness Information and Classes
Mold has always been a concern of residents throughout the years and now, post Sandy and Irene, the need to address the issue and educate the public is greater than ever. The New Jersey Department of Health and UMDNJ School of Public Health have worked together to provide classes throughout the State (click for flyer) for interested residents as well as a downloadable guide (click highlighted section).
Go GREEN for Cleaning your home...
Spring and summer bring nicer weather, flowers, and the feeling of renewed energy...Many times it also brings the desire to clean up and clean out. Click to download a Easy, Green Guide to Spring Cleaning and for some basic household Spring Cleaning Tips....
2014 Animal Census for Licensed Dogs and Cats now!
Please click here to read an important reminder from the Madison Health Department on the Animal Census to be conducted over the summer and potential fines for any unlicensed animals.
Public Health – Great Return on Investment
Supporting investment in evidence-based public health programs will result in healthier communities and reduced cost in treating diseases. Investing just $10 per person each year in community-based public health activities could save more than $16 billion within five years. Many lives are saved thanks to vaccines and investments in public health systems coincide with improvements in health, especially in children’s health.
Good health doesn’t happen by chance. Good health is shaped and nurtured — it’s connected to the environments in which we live, work and play. Public health has a role in all of our lives. It’s tied to the resources available in our communities; and research shows that it’s undoubtedly linked to a person’s access to health care. These are the intersections where you find public health and prevention.
Click here to go to blog on the value of public health to our communities.
Click here to see a video on Public Health's Return on your Investment.
Annual Report of the Madison Health Department
The Madison Health Department has released it's 2012 Annual Report. Anyone interested in viewing it can click here.
Immunization Clinics for underinsured or uninsured children:
2nd Tuesday of each month by appointment only. Call 973-593-3079x9
2013 Health Department Fee Schedule
Effective January 1, 2013 the following fee schedule will be in effect.
Check out MAASA
The Madison Alliance Addressing Substance Abuse, is a community-based coalition dedicated to preventing and reducing the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. They have a special focus on children and adolescents and it is our goal to promote a drug and alcohol-free environment for them and to encourage responsible use by adults. The always enjoy public input and participation. To learn more about MAASA click on their webpage: http://www.maasa.org/maasa/, follow them on twitter @maasa_online, and/or like them on facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/MadisonAllianceAddressingSubstanceAbuse?fref=ts
Preparing for Emergencies:
Check out the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services website for what you can do to prepare your home and family for an emergency situation. Click the link below to learn how to make an emergency plan, get an emergency kit, stay safe from infectious diseases, prepare for severe weather events like hurricanes and extreme heat and much more.
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