Monmouth County Health Department News

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monmouth county health department

January 22, 2016

Welcome to the Public Health Update

Christopher Merkel and Freeholder John P. Curley

Welcome! I am excited to introduce Monmouth County’s first public health e-newsletter. Throughout the year there are many public health issues that affect residents and this newsletter is a way for you to learn the facts about local issues. Below you will find information about rabies clinics and how and where to dispose of items that should not be thrown out with your trash. 


The County's Health Department offers a wealth of services, many of which are free. We also serve 26 participating municipalities. We also work with the State and other local public health agencies to provide and coordinate services.  


I encourage you to read and share this newsletter and contact Christopher Merkel, the County's Public Health Coordinator with any questions at

Stay safe and warm in the extreme cold

With temperatures steadily dipping below freezing this week, County officials remind residents to take precautions when going outdoors in the extreme cold. 

When going outside in the extreme cold, adults and children should always wear:

  • a hat
  • a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
  • sleeves that are snug at the wrist
  • mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
  • water-resistant coat and boots
  • several layers of loose-fitting clothing

Read more tips for facing harsh weather.

Dress for the snow

Tips for preparing for winter emergencies

Preparing for winter storms is very similar to preparing for other emergencies like hurricanes or floods, with the addition of a few cold-weather supplies. County officials encourage residents to prepare their family, home and vehicle for emergencies. 


For more information about how to prepare for emergencies and to access the Monmouth County Winter Emergency Preparation Checklist go to the Emergency Management section of the County website at

Pertussis (DTaP) Vaccine: What you need
to know

If you are in contact with newborns or infants, please remember to get your DTaP booster. This vaccine helps to protect against whooping cough which is highly contagious and can cause severe problems to infants. The County Health Department is presently offering free DTaP to adults living in the County. Call to make an appointment.

Rabies Clinics

The Health Department hosts rabies clinics throughout the County during the year. Upcoming clinics will be available in the following locations:*

  • March 5 from 2-3 p.m. – Shrewsbury Township, 1979 Crawford Street
  • March 10 from 6-7 p.m. – Neptune City Public Works Building, 106 West Sylvania Ave.
  • March 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. – Atlantic Highlands, Firehouse at First and East Mount Avenues
  • March 19 from 9-11 a.m. – Allentown Public Works Garage, Church Street
  • March 30 from 6-7 p.m. – Lake Como, Firehouse at 1730 Main St.
  • April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon – Marlboro, Public Works Garage, Wyncrest Road

*New clinics are added on a regular basis; please visit our Calendar of Events often!

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

Need to dispose of items that cannot go into the regular trash? The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is located at 3211 Shafto Road in Tinton Falls.


Current hours of operation are:

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 - 4 p.m.
  • Thursdays and Fridays from 12 - 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Appointments aren't necessary to drop off materials, however, the facility is open to Monmouth County residents only. For further information on what is accepted at the facility, call 732-683-8686 and follow the prompts for “household hazardous waste disposal.”

American Heart Month

Go Red for Women

Heart disease and stroke kill one in three women, yet is 80% preventable. On Friday, Feb. 6, show your support on National Wear Red Day. Go Red to help raise awareness to end heart disease and stroke in women! For more information about prevention, and other events throughout the month, visit American Heart Association.

Board of Health Members

Judy ThorpePresident

Brian Charnick, Vice President

Marianne Longobardi, Secretary

Jon Barone
Thomas J. Calabrese
Ellynn Kahle
Paul Schneider
Ann Marie Buontempo
Michael L. Ticktin

Christopher Merkel, Public Health Coordinator/Health Officer


Freeholder John P. Curley, Department Liasion

Board of Health Meetings

The Board of Health conducts meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, at the County Health Department offices at 3435 Route 9, Freehold. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.


Phone: 732-431-7456



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