Monmouth County Health: November/December Newsletter

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November-December 2016

Flu season is here

Flu Shots 2016

Flu Season is upon us, so be sure to get your flu shot! The Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) holds immunization clinics throughout the County. Check our Calendar of Events regularly for dates and times. Cost is $25.00, and several insurance plans are accepted. For questions, call 732-431-7456, ext. 8512.

Rabies Clinics

The MCHD hosts rabies clinics throughout the County during the year. In November and December, clinics will be available in the following locations:*


Holmdel: Saturday, 11/5, 8:30-10 a.m., Public Works Garage -Crawfords Corner Rd.

Keyport: Saturday, 11/5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Public Works Garage -Beers & Francis St.

Roosevelt:  Saturday, 11/5, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Public Works Garage -Rochdale Ave.

Aberdeen: Wednesday, 11/9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Public Works Garage -147 Lenox Rd.


Howell: Saturday, 12/3, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Public Works Garage, Old Tavern Road

Belmar: Saturday, 12/3, 9 -10:30 a.m., Public Works Garage, 13th Avenue

*New clinics are added on a regular basis, visit the Calendar of Events often!

Zika Virus

Even though summer has ended, remember that mosquitoes can remain active through the fall and winter. Always take preventative measures to keep you and your family safe for the holidays!

Well Child Physicals

Free physicals are available for children from birth to 18, living within MCHD tember towns. There is a fee of $20.00 for children living in non-MCHD member towns. For a town listing, visit the MCHD websitePhysicals are available on Thursday, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the County's Board of Social Services Building, 3000 Kozloski Rd, Freehold (see map). Appointments are required and available in the mornings only. For more information, call 732-431-7456.

November is Diabetic Eye Awareness Month

Woman getting an eye exam

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age Americans. Approximately 29 million Americans age 20 or older have diabetes, but almost one-third don’t know they have the disease and are at risk for vision loss. Early symptoms of diabetes are often unnoticed, and vision may not be affected until the disease is severe.

Diabetic eye diseases include diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. Retinopathy is a potentially blinding condition in which the blood vessels inside the retina become damaged from the high blood sugar levels. This leads to fluids leaking into the retina and obstructing blood flow. Both may cause severe vision loss. Diabetes can cause cataracts and glaucoma. If you have diabetes, you may get cataracts at a younger age, and your chances of developing glaucoma are doubled.

Early diagnosis of diabetes and, most importantly, maintaining strict control of blood sugar and hypertension through diet, exercise and medication, can help reduce your risk of developing eye disease. Make an appointment for an eye exam today! Schedule a complete dilated eye examination with the MCHD at 732-431-7456 ext. 5. Exams are provided in conjunction with the NJ Commission for the Blind the third Monday of each month.

Board of Health Members

Paul Schneider, President

Marianne Longobardi, Vice President

Ann Marie Buontempo, Secretary

Jon Barone

Thomas J. Calabrese
Brian Charnick

Ellynn Kahle

Judy Thorpe

Michael L. Ticktin

Christopher Merkel, Public Health Coordinator/Health Officer


Freeholder John P. Curley, Department Liasion

Health Department 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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