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Flu Season is Upon Us

The Health Department has reports of increasing numbers of influenza cases in schools and businesses in our area.  We are working closely with the School District to make sure that prevention measures are in place.

The flu vaccine, while not perfect, offers significant protection from the most severe complications of flu—talk with your doctor about getting the flu shot if you haven’t already done so.

Information about the Flu:

Be alert for symptoms in your family: Fever, body aches, coughing. The disease is spread by coughing, sneezing, and contact with contaminated surfaces.

You can help fight the spread of the flu:

  • Cover your cough with a tissue, or cough into your elbow
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant spray that is labeled to kill flu virus.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.  Do not send your child to school if s/he is sick!

 Check out these links:

NJ Department of Health –“Prevent the Spread of Flu”

NJ Respiratory Virus Surveillance Report (Week ending January 13, 2018)

Centers for Disease Control handout on preventing the spread of flu

 

 

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Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic – Jan. 20 for Dogs & Cats

Protect your pet (and your community)! Saturday, January 20, 2018

Montgomery Fire Company #2 New Location! 

Located at 529 Route 518 in Blawenburg

DOGS:  9:00 am – 10:30 am

CATS:   10:30 am-12:00 noon

Dog & Cat licenses will also be available for purchase that day:
  • $20 for a neutered dog, $23 for non-neutered dog,
  • $10 for a neutered cat; $15 for a non-neutered cat
  • cash or check please.
For Safety’s sake
Please, no children under age 7.
Dogs must be on a short, sturdy leash—No retractable leashes!
Use of a soft muzzle is encouraged.
Dogs must be under control of an adult at all times.
Cats must be in a carrier

For more information, call Montgomery Township Animal Control 908-359-8211 x247

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Radon Awareness Month – Test Kits Available

The Montgomery Township Health Department is working with the Greater Somerset Public Health Partnership (GSPHP) to recognize January as Radon Awareness Month.

Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas that occurs naturally in soil. It is released from the natural decay of the elements uranium, thorium and radium, and occurs in higher concentrations in certain areas of the state, including Somerset County.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon is associated with 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.

“In an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to radon gas, residents are urged to test their homes,” said Stephanie Carey, Health Officer of Montgomery Township.  “It’s not uncommon to find that homes on the same block will have different test results. Even if your neighbor’s home is not affected by radon gas, it does not mean that your home is in an acceptable range.”

Starting on Monday, January 2, to help residents to test their homes, one radon kit per household will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for $10 at the Montgomery Township Health Department.  Radon kits may be picked up at the Montgomery Township Health Department, 2261 Route 206, Belle Mead while supplies last.

For more information on radon testing or mitigation, contact the Montgomery Health Department at (908) 359-8211.