Health Department

Health Department

The Board of Health fosters and protects Allendale’s public health.  As authorized by the state of New Jersey, the Board of Health enacts ordinances to govern this obligation.  In Allendale, the Board of Health has seven members that serve three-year terms.

Additionally, the Health Department implements the policies and public health recommendations established by the Board of Health.  Some responsibilities of this department include animal licensing, food establishment monitoring, as well as vital records, keeping.

 Board of Health Members

Maria Crean  (term thru 12-31-17)
Linda Morgan (term thru 12-31-19)
Nadine Benoit (term thru 12-31-18)
Christopher Martin (term thru 12-31-19)
Bruce Beck (term thru 12-31-18)
Robin Iversen (term thru 12-31-19)
Susan Toron (term thru 12-31-17)

 
2017 Meeting Dates
September 7th
October 5th
November 2nd
December 7th

An Important Message from New Jersey’s Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council

Click here for an Important Public Service Announcement

Our friends at the NJ Division of Child and Family Services (DCF) have shared some important tips on helping to keep kids safe near water this summer. 

There are few things kids enjoy more on hot summer days than cooling off in the pool, lake, river, or ocean.  The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) reminds adults to keep children safe in or near water.  Along with the New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, DCF encourages adults to take steps to ensure this summer is a safe summer:

  • Never leave children swimming unattended.  Drowning can occur in an inch or two of water.
  • Stay within an arm’s length of small children in water to protect against rapid drowning.
  • Warn children to never swim at a pool or beach alone or without a lifeguard.
  • Train children to swim at an early age.
  • Teach children that swimming in a pool is far different than swimming in open water.
  • Be certain only qualified and undistracted adults are entrusted with supervising children in the water.
  • Always empty inflatable pools, buckets, pails, and bathtubs after use.
  • Personal floatation devices do not guarantee water safety.

“Under no circumstances should any child be left unsupervised around water,” said DCF Commissioner Allison Blake.  “Parents with special needs children must be especially vigilant.  It just takes a moment’s distraction and very shallow water for a child to drown.  By following some simple tips, summer can be fun and safe for everyone.”

Drowning poses a greater risk for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, who may have underdeveloped motor skills and tend to be drawn to water.

DCF’s water safety video is available at https://youtu.be/1BoMrq4y_CA.

DCF is dedicated to ensuring a better today and an even greater tomorrow for every individual the department serves. In partnership with New Jersey’s communities, DCF ensures the safety, well-being, and success of New Jersey’s children and families.  DCF funds and directly provides services and support to over 100,000 women, children, and families each month.

Autism Speaks recommends parents and caregivers of children with autism teach their child water safety at an early age, enroll the child in swimming lessons, and emphasize the dangers of water.

Because individuals with autism tend to wander and be attracted to water, pools should be gated and inaccessible.  Parents and caregivers should install window and door alarms on their home and never leave their child unaccompanied or out of sight near water.

Autism Speaks provides a Neighbor Alert Letter and Autism Elopement Alert Form parents and caregivers can use to inform neighbors and first responders that their child tends to wander and be attracted to water.  Notifying neighbors and first responders enables them to be alert to situations where an individual with autism may be in danger.  The letter may be downloaded at https://goo.gl/KPscd1 and the elopement form may be downloaded at https://goo.gl/Dn8Uor.

Autism New Jersey’s water safety suggestions are available at https://goo.gl/nGgcgy.

Additional safety resources are available in Autism New Jersey’s, Elopement and Wandering: Your Guide to Safety Resources publication, which can be downloaded at https://goo.gl/uHKBxq.

Extinguishing the Tobacco Epidemic in New Jersey

Click here for an important Public Service Announcement

Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the United States, despite a significant decline in the number of people who smoke. Over 16 million Americans have at least one disease caused by smoking. This amounts to $170 billion in direct medical costs that could be saved every year if youth could be prevented from starting to smoke and cessation assistance provided to every person who smokes.

Tobacco prevention and control is one of the “best buys” in public health.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has developed fact sheets on the public health response to tobacco use in New Jersey.  Attached is the National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) State Fact Sheet for New Jersey.

Quitting tobacco is not easy. Studies show that only 3% to 5% of smokers are able to quit without any assistance. Most ex-smokers report that it takes several tries to quit for good. The U.S. Public Health Service’s clinical practice guideline found Quitline counseling can more than double a smoker’s chances of quitting.  Quitline counseling combined with medication can more than triple the chances of quitting. Research shows that Quitline users have about a 60% better chance of staying smoke-free than those who try to quit on their own.

For smokers who need help in quitting, please continue to promote New Jersey Quitline, a free telephone counseling service available to any New Jersey resident.  There is no age requirement to receive cessation counseling through the NJ Quitline.  NJ Quitline registration and counseling is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sundays.  After hours an individual has access to voice mail and quit tips.  To register, smokers who are ready to quit can call the NJ Quitline directly toll-free at 866-657-8677 or visit www.njquitline.org.

For more information on tobacco prevention and control, visit www.cdc.gov/tobacco.

Zika Virus Information

A message from the JIF Safety Director:

Protect yourself from mosquitoes this summer and stay informed about Zika virus.

The World Health Organization has declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus a global public-health emergency, with locally acquired cases currently occurring in parts of South America, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean islands (including Puerto Rico), Africa, and the Pacific Islands. To protect yourself, wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants when weather permits. Wear light-colored clothing if possible, since mosquitoes are drawn to darker colors, and don’t count on leggings or tights to protect you — mosquitoes can and do bite right through them! On exposed skin, use an EPA-registered repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol as its active ingredient, and follow package directions for reapplication. If you’re using sunscreen too, apply the sunscreen first, then the repellent. Buying clothing or gear treated with the insecticide permethrin — or buying permethrin and carefully treating items yourself — offers additional protection. Zika causes mild illness in most people; the major concern is that it can cause serious brain abnormalities in fetuses. Therefore, women who know or suspect that they may be pregnant are advised to stay up-to-date on recommendations and travel advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/zika/.

Flu Clinic

The Borough of Allendale will offer influenza vaccinations to Allendale residents 65 years and older once per year.

Adults age 65 and over are required to bring their Medicare Card as well as any other insurance card they may have.  Residents who are covered by a Managed Care Plan (HMO) are requested to go to their managed care provider for these immunizations.

If you are under 65 years old or have a chronic health problem you must present a prescription from your medical doctor ordering the vaccine.  The cost for this vaccine to be determined.

ALL THOSE RECEIVING THE VACCINE MUST SIGN A CONSENT FORM.  For further information call the Board of Health at 818-4400, Extension 211.

 

Allendale Free Rabies Clinic

The Allendale Board of Health sponsors a free rabies clinic at the Ambulance Corps Building on the corner of Arcadia Road and Franklin Turnpike.  A Veterinarian from the Allendale Animal Hospital has agreed to provide this service. the 2017 clinic will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

The Allendale Board of Health urges all residents to have their Dogs, Cats, and other domestic pets vaccinated against Rabies.  Residents attending this clinic are required to have their pets in a carrier or on a hand-held leash.

Tyco Animal Control

Tyco Animal Control is the Borough of Allendale’s animal control service.  They are the ones that will be taking care of any animal complaints within the Borough of Allendale.  If you have any questions with regards to any animal complaints, please call Borough Hall at (201) 818-4400, ext 211.

On weekends and holidays, please call the Allendale Police Department at 201-825-1900 or call Tyco directly at 201-652-4554. For additional information about Tyco themselves, please log onto their website.

 

Clean Up After Your Pets

Please be responsible and clean up after your pets. Failure to do so may result in a fine.

 

Rabies Prevention

To prevent transmission of rabies to humans and their domestic pets, immunization and licensing of cats and dogs is required in Allendale.  Please be advised that Allendale residents must notify the health department and/or police department of all bites, scratches and other incidents involving domestic and/or wild animals, whether animal to human or animal to animal.

 

Allendale Senior Housing

Senior Housing is a housing complex that is located on Cebak Court. This complex is made up of eight single family units. The complex is managed by Madeline Corporation out of Palisades Park, New Jersey. For more information about Allendale Senior Housing or to get an application, please call them at (201) 944-3222 or visit their website.

 
Community Meals

Community Meals, Inc. is a private, non-profit “Meals on Wheels” organization serving Allendale, Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, and Waldwick.

Meals are prepared by The Valley Hospital’s Food and Nutrition Services Department.  Volunteers deliver hot and or cold meals between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm Monday through Friday, with the exception of major holidays.  The cost of the meal is nominal, with a sliding scale for those clients unable to pay the full amount.

Community Meals welcome new clients, people who are home-bound and unable, even temporarily, to prepare or obtain meals for themselves.

For further information call the office at (201) 447-8295, e-mail them at communitymeals@verizon.net, or visit their website.

 

Medical Waste Removal

The Allendale Board of Health office has been contacted regarding the proper way to dispose of used needles and syringes generated in the home for medical purposes.

1. Needles and/or syringes must be placed in a protective container made of metal, tin, or hard plastic The lid must be placed back on, taped, and marked homecare-needle/syringes.  This is to be disposed of in your regular trash and not recycling.  Additionally, a Red Sharps Container can be purchased at your pharmacy.  All of the above can be disposed of safely in your regular trash pickup.

2. Englewood Hospital (201) 894-3189 and Holy Name Hospital (201) 833-3371 offer a program whereby sharps containers are provided to the individual.

Your cooperation is appreciated; improper disposal of the above poses a potential health hazard to our community. Should you have any questions, please call (201) 818-4400 x211.


Project Medicine Drop

The Allendale Police Department is proud to announce that they have received a drop box for medication from the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs. They are now able to collect expired, unused or unneeded prescription medications at any time. The drop box is located in the lobby of the Police Department. The Police Department encourages anyone wishing to anonymously dispose of medications to stop in and use it.  Please click here for more information.

 

Wellness Check Program

The County of Bergen is pleased to announce this new program designed to check on the well-being of residents in need.  This program is available, free of charge, to Bergen County residents living alone, over the age of 60, homebound or disabled either on a permanent or long-term basis.

At approximate pre-specified hours, you will receive a free daily phone call from the Bergen County Wellness Check Program to check on your well-being.  The call will begin with the following pre-recorded message: “This is a phone call from the Bergen County Wellness Check Program.  Please press “1111 if you are okay.”  When you become a participant in the program, you will be asked to identify friends or family who may assist you in an emergency.  When the system cannot make contact with you, it will call the relatives or friends you have designated.

If your telephone line is busy or there is no answer, the system will call back two more times over the span of twenty minutes.  If there is not answer or if the line stays busy, your primary and secondary contacts will automatically be notified to check on you. The system will only respond to touch-tone telephones or through TTY, a device for the deaf and hard of hearing.

If you would like to enroll in this program, please contact Jean Manus at (201) 818-4400 x211 for an application.  Please complete the application and forward it to the address specified on the form.  You will receive a phone call before your first phone call to let you know your request has been processed.

 

 Health Consultation Program

The Allendale Board of Health provides a free health consultation program that includes:

-Health history evaluation
-Blood pressure measurement
-Height and weight measurement
-Individualized counseling and education
-Referral and follow-up
-Confidential consultation with a public health nurse
-Audiology screening

You are invited to join us at Borough Hall from 11:30 am- 12:00 p.m. on any of the dates listed below:
June 2, 2017
September 1, 2017
December 1, 2017

 

Well Baby Clinic

Attention new parents, Allendale sponsors a Child Health Clinic in Waldwick.  This program provides continuous, preventative health supervision for the children of the community from birth to school age. Please note that children who are ill should be taken to their family physician.  A physician and a registered nurse are in attendance at each clinic to provide physical examinations, required immunizations, and nutritional assessments, without medical insurance coverage.  Waldwick Health Center can be found at 22 Whites Lane.   Appointments are to be made by calling Northwest Bergen Regional Commission at (201) 445-7217.

 
Additional Resources
Bergen County Health Department
Forms/Licensing/Permits
2017 Saddle River Duck Pond- Tai Chi Chih- Valley Hospital
2017 Step and Stretch- Wyckoff YMCA