Township of East Hanover Official Web Site

HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 

411 Ridgedale Avenue
East Hanover, NJ 07936
973-428-3035
 
Animal Control | Applications | Contaminated Sites | Environmental Health | Events | Health Services | Links | Mission Statement | Mosquitoes | Staff
 

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Mission Statement

The mission of the East Hanover Health Department is to improve the health and quality of life of the citizens of East Hanover Township and Roseland Borough through the use of health promotion strategies, health protection strategies, preventive services and community health surveillance.

Staff
Carlo DiLizia - Health Officer
Kathy Nguyen - Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Registrar of Vital Statistics for Borough of Roseland
Janet Dorn - Registered Environmental Health Specialist
 
 
 
Elyssa Loiacono- Registered Environmental Health Specialist
Joan Swanson - Public Health Nurse Supervisor
Kathy Gonzales - Public Health Nurse, Roseland
Heather MacDonald - Public Health Nurse
Margot Vaccaro - Public Health Nurse
Maria Kinda - Administrative Assistant
 
Animal Control

The East Hanover Health Department oversees the licensing of pets, animal adoptions, rabies clinics, bite quarantines and road kill pick-ups.

LICENSING

Under Board of Health Ordinance, all mature (defined as 7 month old) dogs and cats must be counted and licensed by the Township. Dog & Cat licenses have to be renewed by January 31st of each year. All animals are required to show proof of current rabies vaccination. Proof of neutering/spaying is required in order to obtain exemption from extra fees. Basic dog license fee is $12.00; cat fee is $10.00. Add another $3.00 OR $5.00 if your dog or cat has not been neutered or spayed. Late fees are assessed ($10.00 per animal) for applications filed after the designated due dates.

ANIMAL WELFARE

East Hanover Township animal control services are provided by Animal Control Solutions LLC. TO REPORT A LOST OR STRAY DOG OR CAT CALL 908-310-1452. After hours report emergencies to the East Hanover Police Department at 973-887-0432.

RABIES

Rabies is a major health threat. If you see an animal you think may have this disease, please call the Health Department Office at 428-3035. Raccoons, skunks and other nocturnal animals that are out during daylight hours should be suspect. Any wild animal that is unusually aggressive or friendly and animals that appear sick should also be reported.

To protect your pet and your family all dogs and cats should be vaccinated for rabies on a regular basis.

Rabies Newsletter from New Jersey State Health Department

Health Services

The East Hanover Township Department of Health offers a wide range
of personal health services. Have questions? Call us! 973-428-3035.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING:

Free blood pressure screening is available to all residents every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at the East Hanover Municipal Building from 9:00am to 10:00am and at the Roseland Borough Hall every 3rd Friday from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Screenings are conducted by our public health nursing staff and pre-registration is not required. Please call the Health Department Office at 973-428-3035 for additional information.

INFLUENZA (FLU) & PNEUMONIA VACCINATION CLINIC:

Flu and Pneumonia vaccination clinics are conducted each fall.  Advance registration is required 973-428-3035. The fee for residents 65 years and older with Medicare Part B only is free all other residents will be charged $20.00. A receipt will be provided to you for possible reimbursement from your own provider. It is the residents responsibility to submit for his/her own reimbursement. Please make checks payable to: Township of East Hanover. Same rates apply for residents requesting a Pneumonia Vaccine. 

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WELL CHILD PROGRAM:

CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM

Low or No cost programs to families without insurance please contact Joan Swanson, RN at 973-428-3035.

IMMUNIZATION TOOL KIT FOR PRESCHOOL AND CHILD CARE CENTERS

PRESCHOOL VISION HEARING AND BLOOD LEAD SCREENING

A free vision and hearing screening for preschool age children is available in May at the East Hanover Township Health Department Office. A free blood lead screening is also available. For information on dates and registration , contact Joan Swanson, RN at 973-428-3035

AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR UNINSURED FAMILIES

The NJ Family Care program can provide affordable health insurance to uninsured families. (A family of four (4) can make a maximum yearly income of $59,675 and still qualify.) A comprehensive package of services is provided including vaccinations, preventive care, hospitalization, prescription drugs, dental, vision and hearing. For more information contact the Health Department Office at 973-428-3035 or the NJ Family Care Program at 800-701-0710.

CANCER SCREENINGS:

WOMEN'S CANCER SCREENING:
MEN'S CANCER SCREENING:
SKIN CANCER SCREENING
Low cost cancer screenings for men and women are sponsored by the Health Department several times a year. The Men's Cancer Screening is usually offered each May and the Women's Cancer Screening in the Spring. Contact the Health Department Office at 973-428-3035 for registration and additional information.

SMAC-23 BLOOD SCREENING:

ROSELAND MUNICIPAL BUILDING:
EAST HANOVER TOWN HALL:
 
SMAC-23 Blood Screening is a comprehensive blood test that reports cholesterol (HDL/LDL), glucose & triglyceride levels and other blood parameters. The Blood screening is available to all East Hanover & Roseland residents age 18 and older. Screenings are conducted twice annually.  Pre- registration is required, additional tests are available for a fee:  i.e. PSA (Prostatic Specific Antigen). Call 973-428-3035 for more information.
Events

CLINICS

Senior Podiatry Clinics (Monday 9:00am-12:00pm)

Flu & Pneumonia Shots

HEALTH SCREENINGS

Senior Citizen Blood Pressure Screenings at Senior Center (Monday 12-2pm)

Female Cancer Screenings

Male Cancer Screening

Skin Cancer Screening

East Hanover SMAC Blood Screening

Preschool Vision, Hearing & Blood Lead Screening

For times and dates on these events you can contact the Health Department at 973-428-3035 or check on our main web page monthly.

Links
Environmental Health

FOOD SAFETY

The Health Department's environmental staff conduct inspections of all food establishments within the Township of East Hanover and the Borough of Roseland. These food establishments include anyone who serves food to the public, from a large grocery store to a small vending machine. Our health inspectors work closely with retail food providers to ensure that that their facilities, services and employees comply with State standards. While most of our communities food establishments are clean and safe, problems can occur. If you ever have a concern about food safety or sanitation in a local food establishment, please let us know! (973-428-3035).

FOOD RECALLS, MARKET WITHDRAWALS AND SAFETY ALERTS

FOOD SAFETY TRAINING MANUAL

HAZMAT / RIGHT TO KNOW

A variety of information on the hazardous materials used and stored at the commercial, government and institutional facilities in our community are available through the State's Right to Know Program. Much of this information will soon be available on-line. In the mean time, if you have a question about a particular facility or would like some additional information on the Right To Know Program, please feel free to contact the East Hanover Health Department Office. (973-428-3035).

NJ Division of Environmental & Occupational Health Services

LIST OF KNOWN CONTAMINATED SITES IN EAST HANOVER

OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Food Handler Training
  • Solid Waste & Litter Control
  • Water Sampling & Monitoring
  • Rodent & Insect Control
  • Noise Control
  • Indoor & Outdoor Air Pollution
  • Recreational Bathing Inspections
  • Day Care Center Complaints
  • Housing Complaints
  • Camp Inspections
  • Environmental Resource Inventory
  • Passaic & Whippany Rivers Project
  • Septic System Regulation
  • Occupational Health Info.
  • Clean Communities Program
  • Noxious Weed Control
Contaminated Sites

KNOWN CONTAMINATED SITES IN EAST HANOVER

TERMS

Active Site has been assigned to a remedial NJ DEP bureau
Pending Site awaits the execution of an oversight document or the availability of resources prior to assignment to a remedial bureau
BFO-N Bureau of Field Operations -Northern
BFO-CA Bureau of Field Operations. - Case Assignment Section
BSCM Bureau of State Case Management
BSM Bureau of Site Management
BUST Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks

For additional information on these sites contact the East Hanover Health Department (973-428-3035).

Mosquitoes

Set between the Passaic & Whippany Rivers, East Hanover's many wetland areas provide an ideal habitat for mosquitoes. From late Spring to early Fall, mosquitoes can be a significant nuisance particularly in residential areas adjacent to wetlands.

The Morris County Mosquito Commission is the lead agency for mosquito control in Morris County. The Commission employs a modern, integrated approach to mosquito control that includes monitoring, sampling, larval control, habitat reduction and adult mosquito control. The Morris County Mosquito Commission conducts inspections and control on both public and private property. 

TO REPORT A MOSQUITO BREEDING SITE  CALL: 973-285-6450 

   Mosquito & West Nile Virus Topics

  1. What is West Nile Encephalitis?
  2. What can I do to reduce mosquitoes in my yard?
  3. How can I protect myself?
  4. What about DEET?
  5. More Mosquito & West Nile Links!

What is West Nile Encephalitis?

Encephalitis" means an inflammation of the brain and can be caused by viruses and bacteria, including viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. West Nile encephalitis is an infection of the brain caused by West Nile virus, a flavivirus commonly found in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East. West Nile virus was first detected in the Western Hemisphere in New York City in August, 1999.It is closely related to St. Louis encephalitis virus. West Nile virus is transmitted to people through  the bite of a mosquito (primarily the Culex species) that is infected with West Nile virus. You can not contract West Nile Encephalitis from handling live or dead infected birds.

Studies have shown that normally only a small percentage of humans infected with the virus will show symptoms of disease. Most infections are mild and symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches, often with skin rash and swollen lymph glands. More severe infection may be marked by headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis and, rarely, death. No human cases of West Nile Encephalitis have been reported in New Jersey.  More Info on West Nile Encephalitis is Available Here

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What can I do to reduce mosquitoes in my yard?

Mosquito populations can be reduced on your property and your neighborhood by eliminating standing water:

  • Clean clogged roof gutters & drain flat roofs so no water stays
  • Empty and refill bird baths every few days
  • Make sure garden pools and ponds are aerated or stocked with fish
  • Tilt or cover outdoor containers such as rain barrels and wheel barrels to prevent them from holding water
  • Empty watering cans and wading pools after use
  • Dispose of old tires or any other junk or debris that holds water
  • Electronic repellers, bug zappers and citrosa plants ARE NOT EFFECTIVE in controlling mosquitoes. See Rutgers University Report.
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How can I protect myself?

  • Avoid shaded areas where mosquitoes may be resting. Limit evening outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants
  • Keep screens and windows repaired to keep mosquitoes out of dwellings.
  • Use insect repellents. Repellents that contain DEET can be very effective in preventing insect bites. See recommendations below.
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What about DEET?

Used as directed insect repellent products containing DEET (N,N-Diethyl-3-Methylbenzamide) can provide effective protection against mosquitoes. DEET was developed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and patented in 1946 by the U.S. Army. It was approved for use by the general public in 1957. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 38 percent of the U.S. population uses DEET-based repellents each year.

 CDC recommendations for Insect Repellents:  

  • Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. An effective repellent will contain 20% to 35% DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide). DEET in high concentrations (greater than 35%) may cause side effects, particularly in children; avoid products containing more than 35% DEET.
  • Repellents may irritate the eyes and mouth, so avoid applying repellent to the hands of children. Insect repellants should not be applied to very young children (< 3 years old).
  • Spray clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET, as mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing.
  • Whenever you use an insecticide or insect repellent, be sure to read and follow the manufacturer's DIRECTIONS FOR USE, as printed on the product.

More info on DEET From: EPA and the Mayo Clinic.

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Mosquito & West Nile Links

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