10/9/2007 - Health Dept: Lead Paint Tests

WIPE OUT LEAD

CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING PREVENTION INITIATIVE

The third week of October is National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. In recognition of this week, the City of Hackensack’s Health Department is partnering with the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services and the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative to bring the “Wipe Out Lead” childhood lead poisoning prevention program to our residents.

Lead is considered to be one of the leading environmental health risks for young children. Childhood lead poisoning can cause lower IQ, behavior problems, reading difficulties and learning disorders. Peeling or deteriorating lead based paint creates invisible lead dust that settles on your furniture, clothes, pacifiers, toys and floors. Ingested or inhaled lead dust poisons a child’s growing brain and can lead to permanent learning and behavior problems.

You should test your home or apartment for lead dust if you are: pregnant, have children in your home aged 0 to 6 years, and you live in a house or apartment built before 1978 or don’t know the age of your home or apartment.

The Hackensack Health Department is providing free lead dust sampling kits to residents who are pregnant or have children under the age of 6 years. All you have to do is take dust samples from your home and send them into the lab. Simple instructions and a mailing envelop come with the kit.

Results are returned in about 3 weeks. If dangerous levels of lead are found a staff member will call you to discuss the results and next steps.

Infants and children less than 6 years of age should be screened for blood lead. Check with you child’s health care provider to ensure that this important screening test has been done. Hackensack resident’s children who are without health insurance can be screened at the Health Department.

For further information call our public health nurse at 201-646-3963 or an inspector at 201-457-2362.
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City of Hackensack Schedules Additional Influenza Immunization Program
(This program ended on Nov. 26, 2007)

HACKENSACK RESIDENTS ARE GETTING FLU READY: Due to overwhelming demand, the City of Hackensack’s Department of Health has added an additional influenza immunization program to its 2007 schedule. The additional program will be held on Monday, November 26, 2007 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Mellone Mariniello Recreation Center, which is located at 116 Holt Street, Hackensack. The program is open to adults of any age and is being co-sponsored by Maxim Health Systems who is partnering with Hackensack to make this event possible. There is no direct charge to senior citizens who have current Medicare Part B coverage and do not participate in a managed care / HMO health care plan. The cost of this program for all others is $35 for an influenza immunization and $40 for a pneumonia immunization. Residents who participate in a managed care plan should consult with their primary care physician.

Pre-registration for this program is required.

Please call 201-646-3965 or 201-646-8050 (9 am to 4 pm Monday – Friday) for an appointment.

The Hackensack Department of Health urges residents who are at high risk of complications from influenza to get a flu shot early in the season. Residents are always encouraged to use universal respiratory precautions to help prevent illness. That means people should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, wash their hands often and avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands.

Other precautions include staying home from school or work when sick, and avoiding close contact with people who are ill to reduce the spread of the flu.

Every year on average in the U.S. more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and about 36,000 people die from flu. Complications of flu could include bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes. Children could develop sinus problems and ear infections.

High-risk individuals should also get a pneumococcal vaccination from their health care provider to prevent this type of pneumonia, if they have not previously had this vaccine.

There is no direct charge to senior citizens who have current Medicare Part B coverage and do not participate in a managed care / HMO health care plan. The cost of this program for all others is $35 for an influenza immunization and $40 for a pneumonia immunization. Residents who participate in a managed care plan should consult with their primary care physician.

Pre-registration for this program is required.

Please call 201-646-3965 or 201-646-8050 (9 am to 4 pm Monday – Friday) for an appointment.

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