HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO OFFER FREE CHILD HEALTH CLINICS
The Westfield Regional Health Department is now offering a Child Health Clinic to Cranford residents age birth through 18 years. This clinic is held three times a month by appointment only and offers free immunizations and free physical exams.The department employs a Board Certified family practice physician at every clinic to ensure the best care for every child that is seen.
The Child Health Clinic is for children who do not have insurance or whose insurance does not cover well visits.The Westfield Child Health Clinic only cares for children that are well. Our clinic does not offer medical treatment to children who are suffering from any illness.
The child health clinic accepts children who live in Cranford, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, New Providence, Roselle Park, Summit and Westfield.
To schedule an appointment or for more information please call the Public Health Nursing Supervisor at (908) 789 – 4070 ext. 4074.
A free Rabies Clinic will be held: Saturday, January 19, 2013 Cranford Recreation Center 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford. Cats will be vaccinated between 9:00 – 10:45 A.M. Dogs will be seen from 11:15 – 1:00 P.M.
All pets must be accompanied by an adult and restrained on a leash or in a carrier. Residents whose dogs or cats are due for vaccination are urged to bring them for a rabies immunization. A state requirement that a dogs’ rabies vaccination be valid through November of the licensing year is now in effect. Therefore, all residents are urged to check their pets’ immunization record for this year and next year. Re-vaccinations are good for three years. First-time vaccinations are only good for one year. For additional information please contact the Cranford Health Department at 908-709-7238.
HURRICANE STORM EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST. 1. Prepare – Assemble a Kit of Emergency Supplies – Batteries, flashlight, radio, first-aid kit, medications, food and water to last three or more days, can opener, cooking tools, toiletries. o Consider stocking up on canned goods and other nonperishable food items (powdered milk or baking mixes) that require you only to add water. You should store at least one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation. o Carry maps of the local area, flashlights and a hand-cranked radio so that you can hear news updates or instructions from emergency personnel. Included in your supply list should be an extra set of prescription glasses or contacts, 30 days or more supply of prescription drugs, medical items necessary for wounded or disabled individuals, wrench and pliers to turn off utility shut-off valves along with extra sets of batteries for your flashlights and radios. Tarps, duct tape, rope and nails can be used to create temporary shelters if need be. Do not forget to include nonprescription pain medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. o Make preparations to care for your family pet by making copies of veterinarian records, preparing a comfortable, portable crate or kennel for safe transportation along with food and water. Make sure your pet has all proper licensing information and is identified with name, contact information or an identifying microchip. Realize that in case of an emergency many emergency shelters do not allow pets, outside of service animals, to reduce potential health hazards to the human occupants. Make a list of hotels and motels in and around your area that are pet friendly.
Additional checklist of supplies may include:
o fire extinguisher (convenient to likely sources of ignition) o cash (in a combination safe) o supplemental heating appliance and fuel (propane, kerosene or wood) o sleeping bag o space blanket o candles or oil lamp and fuel o matches and lighter o cell phone with 12 volt charging unit for the car o engine driven generator and fuel o camp stove with fuel
2. Plan – Create an Emergency Plan – Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan a way to contact one another, such as enlisting the help of a third party in another state as a contact, and review what you will do in different situations.
3. Stay Informed – follow the Web site frequently for information and links to important resources. Also, listen to local radio and television for the latest information on storms and other emergencies. Review what warning sirens are used in your community to alert residents of major emergencies.
TIPS TO PREVENT MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES: 1. Avoid mosquitoes by limiting time outside between dusk and dawn (time when they are most active). 2. Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and socks sprayed with repellent while outdoors. 3. Use protective clothing and effective repellents whenever you go outdoors. When outdoors, apply an EPA-registered insect repellent to exposed skin, like those containing DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Consider spraying clothes with Permethrin for extra protection. 4. Mosquito proof your home. Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. 5. Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers, flowerpots, pet water dishes, birdbaths, and other items weekly. 6. Clean out gutters and drains. 7. Throw out old tires or drill holes in tire swings. 8. Maintain pools and pool covers. 9. Change bird bath water every several days. (Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water).
IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES, PLEASE CONTACT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AT 908-709-7238.
Attention all Residents: Please remember Christmas Trees cannot be put at the curb.
The Public Works Department does not pick up the trees. Your private garbage hauler may be able to assist you in removal. If not, you can drop it off at the Conservation Center without a permit. Make sure there are no bags, ornaments, or tinsel please. The Conservation Center will be open and accepting trees January through March on Fridays 9:30am to 3:20pm and Saturdays 9:30am to 3:50pm.
GUIDELINES FOR PROPER DISPOSAL OF HOUSEHOLD MEDICATION
1. Keep medicines in original container. Mark out personal information on prescription bottles.
2. Mix liquid medicine with undesirable substances like coffee grinds, cat litter, or dirt. Dilute pills with water, then add coffee grinds, cat litter or dirt.
3. Place bottles in an opaque container, like a yogurt container, and secure lid; wrap in a dark colored plastic bag.
4. Hide container in the trash. Do NOT Recycle.
Do NOT dispose of medicine down the drain or toilet!
GUIDELINES FOR SAFE SYRINGE DISPOSAL FOR HOME GENERATED MEDICAL WASTE
What is Home Generated Medical Waste? Home generated medical waste is created throught the administration of injectable medications & other procedures. It includes syringes, needles with tubing, etc.
How Can You Safely Dispose of Your Syringes?
1) Ask your physician if he/she will take your used syringes once they are properly placed in a container.
2) Safe Syringe Disposal Program - some local hospitals offer rigid containers to dispose of medical waste for a fee. The following Union County Hospitals participate in the program: Trinitas Hospital (908-994-5077)
3) In Household Waste - Follow these steps to safely dispose of your syringes in your trash:
a) Rigid Container - You may use empty laundry detergent bottles or 2 liter soda bottles (or other rigid container with screw on caps) to dispose of needles & syringes. Or you can purchase "Sharps Containers" from your local pharmacy.
b) Label/Warning - Place a large label with a warning on the empty contaner: SYRINGES-DO NOT RECYCLE
c) Needle Clipper - You can buy an inexpensive needle clipper at your pharmacy. Using anything other than a clipper to break a needle is not safe. After clipping the needle, carefully place each of the used needles and syringes into the plastic bottle.
d) Seal - Seal the bottle tightly with its original lid and wrap duct tape over the lid after your fill the bottle with syringes.
e) Disposal - You may now dispose of the tightly sealed full container of syringes in your household garbage - NOT IN YOUR RECYCLING BIN.