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

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.

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.

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

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 

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.

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

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