Monmouth County Health Department January/February Newsletter

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monmouth county health department

January/February 2018

Stay safe & warm in the extreme cold

Children dressed for the snow

With temperatures steadily dipping, County officials remind residents to take precautions when going outdoors 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.

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. 


Learn more about how you can prepare for winter emergencies here.

Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine: What you need
to know

If you are in contact with newborns or infants, please remember to get your Tdap booster. This vaccine helps to protect against whooping cough which is highly contagious and can cause severe problems to infants. The Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) is presently offering free Tdap to adults. Call 732-431-7456 to make an appointment.

Rabies vaccination clinics

The MCHD hosts rabies vaccination clinics for pets throughout the County during the year. The rabies clinics are for dogs and cats only. Upcoming clinics will be available in the following locations:*

  • Thursday, Jan. 11, 7-8 p.m. – Eatontown Firehouse, 45 Broad Street
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. - Manasquan First Aid Building, Broad Street
  • Saturday, Jan. 20, 9-11 a.m. - Oceanport Firehouse, 433 Myrtle Avenue
  • Saturday, Jan. 20, 1-2 p.m. - Millstone Public Works Garage, 899 Perrineville Road
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24, 5-7 p.m. - Bradley Beach Firehouse, 815 Rear Main Street
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 2-4 p.m. - Shrewsbury Twp., Town Hall Gym, 1979 Crawford Street

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

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 the American Heart Association.

Is it a cold or the flu?

It is easy to confuse the flu just as a "bad cold." The flu, however, is a disease of the lungs and it can have serious complications. The flu can produce severe symptoms that prevent those affected from carrying on with daily activities. 

Flu activity monitoring

To date, this year our influenza surveillance is showing high Influenza-like illness activity. It’s not too late to get a flu shot.

Board of Health Members

Marianne Longobardi - President

Brian Charnick

Anne Marie Buontempo

Thomas Calabrese

Andrew Wardell

Ellynn Kahle

Christopher Merkel, Public Health Coordinator/Health Officer

Patrick Impreveduto, 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


Monmouth County Seal 2018