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Flu Season is here – Did you get your flu shot yet?

Flu Season is here – Did you get your flu shot yet?

 

Free Flu Vaccination Clinic

Thursday, December 14, 5PM to 8PM, Otto Kaufman Community Center

 Vaccinating ages 4 to 104 (under 18 must be accompanied by parent)  

Walk-ins are welcome, but for faster service, make an appointment.  Call the Health Department at 908-359-8211, x 227 or email health@twp.montgomery.nj.us

It’s time to share– time with family, presents—and germs! Protect your family from the flu, in time for the Holidays!

The Centers for Disease Control recommends vaccination against influenza for all people over 6 months of age.  The flu shot protects you and those around you.  Flu can be especially serious in seniors, young children, pregnant women, and people with conditions like asthma and diabetes.

The Health Department is giving the quadrivalent flu vaccine which does not contain preservatives, including thimerosal. The vaccine is called quadrivalent because it offers protection against four different  flu virus strains that research shows will be most common during this flu season: two influenza A virus strains and two influenza B virus strains.

The flu shot is Free to residents of Montgomery, and the Boroughs of Hopewell, Pennington, and Rocky Hill; first responders; Municipal/District employees, and Medicare recipients.  Free-will donations accepted.

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Public Hearing to Prevent Youth Access to Electronic Smoking Devices in Town

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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Grandparents Guide to Lead Poisoning

Parents Guide to Lead Poisoning Prevention for Vegetarians

Sources of Lead Poisoning

Lead Poisoning and Remodeling the Older Home

       1. Carpet Removal

       2. Exterior Paint

       3. Interior Lead Paint

       4. Lead Disposal

       5. Lead in Soil

       6. Lead Testing

      7. Replacing Doors and Window Trims 

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Fall Flu Clinic Dates

Fall Flu Clinics
Vaccinating ages 4 to 104
More clinics for your convenience!

Montgomery Township
Wednesdays, October 4, 11, & 18th
Otto Kaufman Community Center
356 Skillman Rd.
Skillman, NJ 08558

Oct. 4th Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00PM & 6:00-8:00 PM

Oct. 11th Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Oct. 18th Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Pennington Borough Hall: Wed. October 18th, 6:00PM-8:00PM

Hopewell Borough Hall: Tues. November 7 “Vote & Vax”
9:00am-3:00pm & 5:00-8:00pm

Rocky Hill Borough Hall Tues. October 24th, 1:00pm-3:00 pm

To reserve your shot:

• E-mail health@twp.montgomery.nj.us with your name, address, birth date, age, Medicare number and phone number

OR

• Call the Health Department at 908-359-8211

The flu shot is Free to Seniors with Medicare, $25 for non-Medicare.

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Chronic Disease Self-Management Program @ Library

Do you or someone you know have a chronic health condition?

Those dealing with managing diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, hepatitis, hypertension, Lyme, cancer, COPD, or any other chronic conditions… Take Control of Your Health is the right choice!

6 Free Sessions
Wednesdays at 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Beginning October 25th

Mary Jacobs Library
64 Washington St.
Rocky Hill, NJ

More details in PDF at:

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Flyer

Register at this Google Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_AkaWDFJKV0KZtsysmg3HsbNu0rOtT14GMe2HSpsFOpUxaQ/viewform

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Increase in Foodborne Illnesses

Montgomery Twp. – The Health Department has seen an increase in the number of foodborne illnesses in our area, especially over the past month. Foodborne illnesses like E. coli, Salmonella, Giardiasis, and Campylobacter can pose serious health risks and may take several weeks to treat. Spoiled food can make a person sick any day of the year, but warm weather and summer barbeque picnics make the problem more common. According to Stephanie Carey, Montgomery Township Health Officer, “we are seeing a rising number of food-related illnesses for a few reasons – bacteria grows rapidly in warm and humid settings, and preparing food and eating outdoors makes it harder to follow simple safety rules”.

“When we see increased incidences of foodborne illnesses, we investigate each case separately, looking for trends that may link two or more cases together.  However, we often find that summer is the peak season for foodborne-related illnesses due to vacations, travel, and grilling or eating outdoors,” says Brianna Retsis, the Township’s Public Health Nurse.  “Health Education is key to preventing the spread of these illnesses that are mostly spread by the oral-fecal route. Simple measures, such as proper handwashing, and food-handling techniques can prevent foodborne illness, or food poisoning.

Signs and Symptoms of Foodborne Illness include:

§  Abdominal Cramps §  Weight Loss
§  Nausea/Vomiting §  Weakness/Fatigue
§  Severe (often bloody) Diarrhea §  Loss of Appetite
§  Fever §  Headache

The Health Department encourages four simple food safety tips:

  1. Wash hands and surfaces often. Unwashed hands are a prime cause of foodborne illness.  Hands should be washed with warm, soapy water before and after handling food.
  2. Don’t cross-contaminate. Separate raw meats and uncooked food from ready-to-eat food.
  3. Cook to proper temperatures. Cooking at high enough temperatures will kill harmful bacteria that cause foodborne illness.
  4. Refrigerate promptly. Food left out of refrigeration for more than 2 hours may not be safe to eat.

For more information:

USDA: www.FoodSafety.gov

Fight BAC: www.fightbac.org/summer-1/

For questions or more information, please contact the Montgomery Township Health Department at (908) 359-8211

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Mushroom Poisonings

NJ Poison Center Sees a Spike in Mushroom Poisoning
Don’t be the Next Case

August 3, 2017 Warning: Never eat wild mushrooms whether growing in your garden, on your lawn or in the wild!

15 cases since July 24, 2017
Ages of patients: 15 months to 75 years old

Several of these cases have resulted in hospitalizations with potentially life-threatening consequences. No matter the scenario, picking wild mushrooms is dangerous and risky.

Many edible mushrooms have toxic “look-a-likes.” Eating even a few bites of certain mushrooms can cause severe illness. Some symptoms of mushroom poisoning include intense vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration, damage to vital organs like the liver and even death.

“Picking and eating wild mushrooms can be a dangerous game”, says Dr. Diane Calello, Medical Director of the NJ Poison Center, Rutgers NJ Medical School. “Even those who think they can identify a toxic mushroom can be fooled”.

Experienced mushroom pickers are even wrong sometimes, so we urge you to take this warning seriously. Online mushroom identification sites can be falsely reassuring. Parents must teach their children to never put wild plants, berries, nuts, or mushrooms into their mouths. Remember, your family pets are highly susceptible to mushroom poisoning as well.

If an exposure should occur, do not take a chance by waiting until symptoms appear or wasting time looking up information on the Internet. Time is of the essence especially when it comes to mushroom poisoning. If someone is unconscious, not breathing, seizing, difficult to wake up, etc. call 9-1-1 immediately, otherwise call the NJ Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

Calling the poison center is always the fastest way to get the medical help or information you need. The poison center will arrange for an expert to identify the mushroom and the center can then provide advice on management depending on the mushroom’s identification.

Remember to:

• Remove any remaining parts of the mushroom from the victim’s mouth and place those fragments and all mushrooms that are in the immediate vicinity of the incident into one or more paper bags (NOT plastic!).
• Take a digital photograph of the mushroom(s) in question. It helps to take a picture of the mushroom next to other objects such as a coin, ruler, etc. to provide a sense of scale.

Call to action: Be prepared for any emergency – keep the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) handy by saving it as a contact in your phone.

Help is Just a Phone Call Away!

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