Monmouth County Health Dept. Newsletter: April/May 2017

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monmouth county health department

April - May 2017

Medical Reserve Corps wants YOU!

The Medical Reserve Corps is seeking additional volunteers for our response team. The Monmouth County Health Department (MCDH) is looking for nurses, physicians, physician assistants, crisis counselors, and translators to build a wide-range support team. General volunteers for support services are also needed. Volunteers must be 18 years old, live or work in Monmouth County, and be a U.S. citizen.

Women’s Health

MCHD offers a wide range of public health services, including Mammography & Pap Screening. The next scheduled Pap Clinic will be held Thursday, April 27, free of charge for uninsured or under insured women from Monmouth County Board of Health member towns. Other residents will be charged a fee.  

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Preventing lead exposure from paint, drinking water and other sources continues to be a priority of the MCHD Childhood Lead Program. MCHD consults and trains other health departments in several jurisdictions, assisting in lead cases and identifying possible alternative sources of lead, and testing consumer goods.  All children under the age of six should receive a blood lead screening as part of their pediatric care. We can assist you in obtaining a blood lead screening for your children.

Free Rabies Clinics

The MCHD offers free rabies clinics in convenient locations. New clinics are added on a regular basis, so visit our Calendar of Events often!


Saturday                      MARLBORO                             10 a.m. - 12 noon

April 22                        Public Works Garage, Wyncrest Road


Saturday                      KEANSBURG                            10 a.m. - 12 noon

April 29                        Public Works Garage, Frazee Place


Saturday                      NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP               9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

May 6                          Public Works Garage, 2201 Heck Avenue


Tuesday                       ENGLISHTOWN                         6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

June 13                       Public Works Garage, 15 Main Street

National Infant Immunization Week

The week of April 22-29 is National Infant Immunization Week, an annual observance highlighting the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable disease and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities. Childhood immunizations are available and provided free of charge for residents of the towns under the Monmouth County Board of Health system, from birth to 18 years of age who are under insured or uninsured. 


In 2016, the MCHD immunized 471 children through the Vaccines For Children Program and its Public Health Nurses provided 1,221 influenza vaccinations at senior centers and various sites in its Board of Health member municipalities.  

Mosquito & Tick Control Update

Spring is the time to check your yard for standing water, often a breeding ground for insects including mosquitoes. Also, on March 1, the Mosquito Control Division kicked-off its new tick program focused on “Active Surveillance.” The change enables staff to make more accurate assessments of the potential for tick-borne disease in County locations. The division staff can still identify ticks, but will no longer be testing blacklegged ticks for Lyme disease infection. A list of laboratories that accept ticks for testing is available on the division website.  

Board of Health Members

Paul Schneider, President

Marianne Longobardi, Vice President

Ann Marie Buontempo, Secretary

Thomas J. Calabrese
Brian Charnick

Ellynn Kahle

Judy Thorpe

Michael L. Ticktin

Christopher Merkel, Public Health Coordinator/Health Officer


Freeholder Deputy Director
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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