It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season!
If you haven’t received your flu shot yet, call (908) 359-8211, ext. 235 to schedule an appointment to receive your flu shot.
Regular Screenings and HPV Vaccine May Save Your Life
Following the medical guidelines for routine screening of cervical cancer is important.
The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition (RCDC) are urging women to take advantage of potentially life-saving screenings and immunizations that can significantly decrease one’s risk of developing cervical cancer.
Although cervical cancer is most prevalent in women age 30 years and over, all women are at risk. Early detection of cervical cancer through regular screening via a Pap test and/or HPV test is critical since it can increase your chance of survival if diagnosed and treated promptly.
What are Pap and HPV tests?
It is recommended that women get a Pap test every three years beginning at age 21. From ages 30 to 65 years, women should continue with regular Pap tests but can go as long as five years between tests if combined with a test for HPV.
Routine screening is important
Receiving an HPV vaccination is the best way to prevent infections caused by the HPV virus, which leads to the majority (90%) of all cervical cancer cases in the United States. While HPV can be transmitted through sexual contact, it is recommended that boys and girls at age 11 and 12 receive the vaccination long before they are exposed, and while their immune response is high. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits of receiving the HPV vaccine.
Practice healthy habits
For more information on Cervical Cancer Prevention, including information on low cost or reduced-cost medical care, visit the Morris Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health
The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Office of Cancer Control and Prevention and is administered by the Somerset County Department of Health.
Hopewell Valley Senior Services Presents:
Healthy Living Fair
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Stop in between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hopewell Township Municipal Building Auditorium: 201 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd, Titusville
Come and learn about nutrition, exercise, mental health, healthy living, and meet your Local Health Department, Emergency Services and Volunteer Groups.
Lunch will be provided by Brandywine Living at Pennington!
No registration required. For more information, contact Hopewell Valley Senior Services (609) 537-0236 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In case of poor weather, the event will be held on January 31, 2020.
January is Radon Action Month
Montgomery Township Health Department is offering free Radon Test kits starting January 1, while supplies last.
What is Radon? Radon is an odorless, radioactive gas that is naturally present in the ground and enters houses through their foundations. When inhaled, it gives off radioactive particles that can damage the cells that line the lungs. Breathing radon for extended times increases the risk of lung cancer.
Where does radon come from? The soil. Radon is produced from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. Uranium breaks down to radium. As radium disintegrates it turns into radioactive gas…radon. As a gas, radon moves up through soil and into the air you breathe. Since radon is widespread and concentrations vary greatly from home to home, everyone home having contact with the ground should be tested.
How serious a problem is radon in our area? High radon exists in every state in the U.S. Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill Borough rank as Tier 1 radon potential, meaning there is a high radon potential for homes in Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill Borough. Levels of radon can not only differ from town to town, but from neighbor to neighbor. You might get a reading and your neighbor might net get anything. That is why it is important to have your home tested.
If your home’s radon level is elevated, the exposure could increase one’s risk of lung cancer. However, a home’s radon level can be substantially reduced. The cost for reducing radon in your home is $900-$1,500, and the investment could make a home easier to sell.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and is responsible for several thousand preventable lung cancer deaths each year. Radon testing is a small investment that can pay big dividends for homeowners.
Please contact the Montgomery Township Health Department for more information and access to FREE radon test kits at (908) 359-8211 x227 or come pick up one today. Radon Kits will be provided on a first come first serve basis while supplies list.
Montgomery Township Health Department
Information last updated: November 7, 2018
Wednesday, January 8 @ 10AM: RWJ HealthHike Walking Program: AMC Theatres in Bridgewater Commons Mall. Presentation by Navinder Jassil, Endocrinologist
Saturday, January 11 @ 9AM: RWJ Nature Walk: Duke Farms: Farm Barn Orientation Center
Saturday, January 18 @ 9AM: RWJ Ranger Walk: Duke Island Park by the Historic Raritan Power Canal.
Saturday, January 25 @ 9 AM: RWJ HealthPro Hike: Bridgewater Commons Mall. Presentation by Dr. Amanda Francis, DO, MPH.