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Board Of Health

Chairperson - Linda L. Hendrixson, PhD.

Secretary    - Valerie L. Galizia

Meetings:

Held at the Hampton Township Municipal Building on third Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm see calendar
Agendas & Minutes:  Click here to view



How To Contact:  

Board Of Health:
(973) 383-5570

Sussex County Division Of Health: (973) 579-0370


Board of Health Members
Front left: John Parks, Chairwoman Linda Hendrixson, Secretary Valerie Galizia
Back Left: Vice Chairman John Degutis, Terry Cassidy, Peggy Bopp, Barbara Horan, Donna Morris
Not pictured Daniel Coranoto & Nancie Walker

Board of Health History
            The Hampton Township Board of Health (BOH) was established in July 1, 1961 by the Hampton Township Committee.  It is comprised of seven volunteer members, and its purposes are to protect and promote the public health, safety, and well-being of Hampton Township residents.

 

            The Hampton BOH is an autonomous body which sets policies and oversees recognized public health activities in the community.  These activities must meet the “Public Health Practice Standards of Performance for Local Boards of Health” established by the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services.  Through the municipal health service tax, the Board of Health contracts with the Sussex County Department of Environmental and Public Health Services to provide the following:

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

 

            Recreational bathing—water testing for beaches, pools, and camps

            Subsurface sewage disposal—septic installation and alteration

            Water pollution control—public well-water systems, streams and lakes

            Inspections for solid waste, noise and air pollution

            Public health nuisance complaints

            Food safety—training/inspections of restaurants and retail stores

            Mosquito control, animal bites/rabies case investigations

            Inspections—kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds

            Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response

            HAZMAT Response

 

 

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING SERVICES

 

            Health education/promotion programs

            Community services for seniors—blood pressure/nutritional information

            Communicable disease oversight, including tuberculosis, Lyme disease,

                        and food-borne diseases

            HIV/AIDS information and referral

            Immunizations for preschool and school-aged children/adults

            Annual immunization audits—daycare centers, private and public schools  

            Vaccinations for influenza and pneumonia

            Hepatitis B vaccinations for emergency responders

            Training in blood-borne pathogens for EMS and fire departments

            Childhood lead poisoning prevention

            Screenings for cancer—prostate, cervical, breast, skin, and oral

            Complete Metabolic Profile blood testing (formerly SMA)

            Adult health clinics/Well-baby health clinics

 

 

            As the Hampton Township population increases, more attention is now being paid to new NJ state water quality laws, expanded surveillance of communicable diseases, cancer detection, increased food safety inspections, clinics for low-income residents, and community public health education.

Sussex County Department of Environmental
And Public Health Services
Office of Public Health Nursing

ADULT HEALTH CHECK CLINIC

Clinic Coordinator: Betty Martin RN

FREE Consultation with Registered Nurse
FREE Blood Pressure Evaluation
ADULT VACCINATIONS (some fees apply)

LOCATION: Public Health Nursing Office
201 Wheatsworth Road, Hardyston, New Jersey

DAY/TIME: Second Tuesday of every other month from 10am-12n
Fourth Wednesday of each month from 2-4pm


Mosquito Control:  Several traps have been set by the County Health Department throughout Hampton Township but the numbers do not compare to other surrounding townships.  They will continue to set traps where complaints are received and if it's a significant number then they will plan to spray.  Please call the Office of Mosquito Control at 973-948-4545 or the Public Health Office at 973-579-0370, or email  mosquito@sussex.nj.us to report a mosquito problem in your area. 

After a flood or other power outages, what the public should know about....

Food Safety

Flood waters covered our food stored on shelves and in cabinets. What can I keep and what should I throw out?
Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water.  Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container.  Food containers that are not waterproof include those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops and crimped caps. Also, throw out cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with clood water, because they cannot be cleaned and/or sanitized.

How do I know whether to throw away canned foods that were exposed to flood water?
Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling, leakage, punctures, holes, fractures, extensive deep rusting, or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel type can opener.

Can I eat the food that was in cans or sealed pouches?
Undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and "retort pouches" (such as flexible, shelfstable juice or seafood pouches) can be saved by the following instructions:
     * Remove the labels, if they are the removable kind, since they can harbor dirt and bacteria.    
     * Brush or wipe away any dirt or silt.
     * Thoroughly wash the cans or retort pouches with soap and water, using hot water if it is available. Rinse the cans or retort pouches with water that is safe for drinking, if available, since dirt or residual soap will reduce the effectiveness of chlorine sanitation.
     * Sanitize cans and retort pouches by immersion in one of the two following ways:
            * Place in water and allow the water to come to a boil and continue boiling for 2 minutes.
                or
            * Place in a freshly-made solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available) for 15 minutes.
    * Air dry cans or retort pouches for a minimum of 1 hour before opening or storing.
    * If the labels were removable, then re-label your cans or retort pouches, including the expiration date (if available), with a marking pen.
    * Food in reconditioned cans or retort pouches should be used as soon as possible.
    * Any concentrated baby formula in reconditioned, all-metal containers must be diluted with clean, drinking water.

May I refreeze the food in the freezer if it thawed or partially thawed?
Some food may be safely refrozen if the food still contains ice crystals or at 40 degrees F or below.  Throw out items in the frezer or refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat juices.

Some of the food in the freezer started to thaw or had thawed when the power came back on.  Is the food safe?
You will have to evaluate each item separately.  Never taste food to determine its safety!  Refrigerated food should be safe as long as the power was out for no more than 4 hours and the refrigerator door was kept shut.
    * Check the thermometer in the back of your refrigerator or freezer.
    * If the appliance thermometer stored in the freezer reads 40 degrees F or below, the food is safe and may be refrozen.  If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine the safety.
    * You cannot rely on appearance or odor.
    * If the food has ice crystals or is 40 degrees F or below, it is safe to refreeze it.
    * Throw out perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish/seafood, milk, eggs and leftovers that have been above 40 degrees F for 2 hours.

I can't afford to throw out all of the food that was in my refrigerator/ freezer.  Can I really get sick if I eat the food?
If you plan to eat refrigerated or frozen meat, poultry, fish or eggs witle it is still at safe temperatures, it's important that each item is thoroughly cooked to the proper temperature to assure that any foodborne bacteria that may be present is destroyed.  However, if at any point the food was above 40 degrees F for 2 hours or more it should be thrown away.

How long can my refrigerator/freezer keep food safe when the power is off?
Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened.  A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. Buy dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time.  Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic foot fully-stocked freezer cold for two days.

Bleach dilution

How do you make a diluted bleach solution?
This depends how you will use the mixture/solution. See the chart below.

Use                                                                Bleach                                            Water
To drink                                                        1/8 teaspoon or 8 drops                    1 gallon
To rinse plates/dishes                                    1 tablespoon                                    1 gallon
To clean hard household surfaces                    1 cup                                                1 gallon
(countertops, food cans, toys, flatware, tools, etc.)
To kill mold                                                    1 cup                                                1 gallon
To clean pool surfaces                                    1 cup                                                5 gallons

SUSSEX COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES

Office of Public Health Nursing

 

  HEALTH-CHECK    

SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN & ADULT PUBLIC HEALTH CLINIC

 

Clinic Coordinator:  Betty Martin RN

 

 

WHO:        School aged children and adults who live in Sussex County.

                                      

              WHERE:  Sussex County Public Health Nursing Office

                   201 Wheatsworth Rd

                   Hardyston, NJ

           HOW:        Appointments are required and can be made by calling: (973) 579-0570 ext. 1211

 

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          Services available:

          VACCINES:  At Cost                                                     VACCINES:  Free, if eligible*

          Hepatitis B - $40 each (3 dose series)                             Hepatitis B

          Pneumococcal - $50                                                         Meningococcal (Menveo)

          Measles/Mumps/Rubella - $50                                       Measles/Mumps/Rubella

          Tetanus (Td) - $25                                                           Tdap

          Tdap - $35                                                                         Shingles (Zostavax)

          Hepatitis A - $35 each (2 dose series)                             Hepatitis A

                                                                                                                               

         * If uninsured or your insurance does not pay for vaccine, you may be eligible to receive free vaccine.    

 

FREE Health Consultation with a Registered Nurse

FREE Blood Pressure Evaluation

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