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Mental Health First Aid Information session Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7-8:30 PM Lexington High School Science Lecture Hall

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Mass. Dept. of Public Health announced that a resident of Middlesex County has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), but Lexington still remains at low risk.

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Ticks and lyme disease

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Health Division

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

General Information Line:  781-698-4533

FAX:  781-861-2780

Directory: all numbers are in area code 781

Health Director Gerard Cody 698-4503 email
Health Agent Kathy Fox 698-4507 email
Public Health Nurse David Neylon 698-4509 email
Health Clerk Linda Rainville 698-4508  
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Flu clinic at Lexington High School Media Room on Wednesday December 3, 2014, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Don’t get the flu, don’t spread the flu, and get vaccinated.

 

November 26, 2014 – Influenza Vaccines will be available for all Lexington residents at the Lexington High School Media Room on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  The influenza vaccine will be available as an injection (shot) or by intranasal mist or nasal spray (“Flumist”). 

  

All vaccines will be provided at the upcoming clinic free of charge to Lexington residents on a first-come, first-serve basis. Although insurance is not required to get vaccinated at the clinic, residents are asked to bring their health insurance cards, as the town can be reimbursed for administering vaccine at no cost to the resident.

 

 

Date

Location

Hours

Vaccines that are available

Who will be vaccinated?

December 3, 2014

(Wednesday)

 

Lexington High School Media Room

251 Waltham Street

Open: 4:00 PM

 

 

Closed: 7:00 PM

Injectable Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot)

  • All those 3 years of age and older
  • Adults who are pregnant

 

Intranasal Influenza Vaccine (Flu Mist)

  • Those 3-49 years of age who are healthy and not pregnant

  

Lexington residents three years and older are eligible to be vaccinated at the Flu clinics as long as supplies last.  “Influenza is unpredictable, and we don’t yet know how severe of a flu season this year will be. The CDC recommends that all people 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine. However, public clinics typically only vaccinate those citizens who are three years of age and older.  Vaccination is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu - especially if you or someone you care about has a chronic health condition like asthma.” said Gerard F. Cody, Health Director.

 

Getting to Lexington High School

Once you reach the parking lot for the Lexington High School, there will be signage in the parking lot directing you to the clinic entrance

 

Upon arrival you will be greeted by a Medical Reserve Corp volunteer. There will be Town of Lexington Health Division staff and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers wearing white vests and identification badges to answer any of your questions. Families should stay together, and will be vaccinated together.

 

2014 / 2015 Flu Clinic Schedule

 

 

Date

Location

Hours

Ages

Vaccine type offered at the free public flu clinics

December 8, 2014

(Monday)

 

Katahdin Woods Apartment Complex Community Room,

1 Katahdin Drive

5:00 PM 7:00 PM

Public Clinic

(Ages 3 and above)  

Flu Shot

“Flumist”

January 7, 2015

(Wednesday)

 

Avalon at Lexington Hills Community Room

1000 Main Campus Drive

5:00 PM 7:00 PM

Public Clinic

(Ages 3 and above)  

Flu Shot

 

For further information, contact the Office of Community Development, Health Division, Gerard Cody, Health Director at 781-698-4503. If you would like more information on the Flu and Flu Vaccine, please visit www.mass.gov/flu and www.flu.gov.

 

 



Mental Health First Aid Information session 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7-8:30 PM
Lexington High School 
Science Lecture Hall

Check yourself for ticks when you are done with your outside activities.

Wear light-colored long sleeves, pants and socks so it’s easier to spot ticks. Tuck your pants in your socks. Wear a hat and keep long hair pulled back.  Stay on designated trails when hiking.

October 2014 - Whether it’s hiking in the woods or just working in your yard, you are at risk for contracting Lyme disease. The Lexington Office of Community Development, Health Division and the Board of Health want to educate its citizens of the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and what you can do to prevent it.  Annual confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Lexington average in the low teens and have remained constant over the last few years.

Lyme disease is a potentially debilitating bacterial infection spread through the bite of an infected deer tick (Ixodes scapularis).  Most humans are infected through the bite of immature deer ticks called nymphs.  Deer ticks wait in the tall grass or bushes for a mammal to pass by so that they may hitch a ride and at the same time, have a nourishing blood meal.  While extracting blood from the human host, a bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi) from the tick’s internal systems is transferred. Both nymph (baby) and adult deer ticks can spread the disease, and often go unnoticed because of their small size (no larger than a sesame seed).  First recognized in the mid 1970’s it was named after an unusual outbreak of arthritis near the Town of Lyme, Connecticut. Lyme disease has become well established in this region mostly due to the number of deer populations.

Warning signs of Lyme disease often include a rash that resembles a “bull’s eye”, aches and pains in your muscles and joints, headache, fatigue, fever, and chills. Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics but the quicker it is recognized the better the prognosis.  Deer ticks can attach to any part of the human body but are often found in hard to see areas such as the groin, armpits, and scalp.  In most cases, the deer tick must be attached for thirty-six (36) to forty-eight (48) hours before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted.

If you can see any part of the deer tick remaining under your skin, call your doctor.  Keep in mind that dogs are also susceptible to Lyme disease and if you have any questions or notice any change in your dog’s behavior, it is best to contact your veterinarian. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Ticks

What should I do if I find a tick on myself or a friend?
The longer a tick remains attached to someone, the greater the chance it will be able to spread a disease-causing germ. Therefore, any attached tick should be removed as soon as possible.   Using needle-nose, or pointed tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible.  Slowly pull the tick away (this takes patience and often takes several minutes – pull slowly to allow the tick to release from the skin).  Once you have the deer tick, it may be placed in a jar filled with a few ounces of rubbing alcohol which will both kill the tick and preserve it for future testing by your doctor, if necessary.  To avoid spreading the bacteria, don’t squash the tick with your bare hands.

Should I be treated after removing an attached tick?
Although not routinely recommended, taking antibiotics after a tick bite may be beneficial for some persons. If you answer “yes” to the following questions, discuss the possibilities with your health care provider:

a.) Can the tick be identified as a deer tick?

 Review the MDPH Tick Identification Card to see what ticks look like.

b.) Was the tick attached for at least one full day?

c.) Has it been less than three days since you removed the tick?

Your health care provider must determine whether the advantages of prescribing antibiotics after a tick bite outweigh the disadvantages.

After I remove an attached tick, what symptoms should I look for?
Whenever someone removes an attached tick from their body, they should watch for the appearance of any type of rash, fever or flu-like symptoms. Immediately seek the advice of a health care provider should any symptoms occur, especially if the tick was attached for more than 24 hours.

How can I prevent diseases spread by ticks?
Ticks generally cling to plants near the ground in brushy, wooded, or grassy places. The edges of woodlands and leaf litter are high risk areas. The ticks, which cannot jump or fly, climb onto animals and people who brush against the plants.

If you cannot avoid areas likely to have ticks, the most important thing you can do to reduce your chances of getting sick is to check your entire body for ticks after returning indoors and to remove any attached tick as soon as possible. Pay particular attention to areas between the toes, back of the knees, groin, armpits, neck, along the hairline, and behind the ears. Review the MDPH Tick Identification Card to see what ticks look like.

Apply repellents that contain DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) or permethrin before you go outside to reduce the risk of tick bites. DEET is safe and effective in repelling ticks when used according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Choose a product that will provide sufficient protection for the amount of time you plan to spend outdoors. Product labels often indicate the length of time that someone can expect protection from a product. Repellents should not be used on children less than two months of age.

Permethrin-containing products kill ticks but are not designed to be applied to the skin. Clothing should be treated and allowed to dry in a well-ventilated area prior to wearing.  Because permethrin binds very tightly to fabrics, once the fabric is dry, very little of the permethrin gets onto the skin. 

You can reduce the number of ticks around your home by keeping your grass cut short and clearing brush. For more tips on preventing tick bites and reducing the number of ticks around your home, review the MDPH brochure Preventing Disease Spread By Ticks.

For more information or to receive a free “tick identification card” please contact the Office of Community Development, Health Division, Gerard Cody, Health Director at 781-698-4503.  You may also visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lyme/index.htm or http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/lyme.pdf . The Lexington Board of Health brought this important message to you


Prepare for severe weather, natural disasters and other emergency events.
 

  • Check out online resources on the Mass. Dept. of Public Health website.
  • Log onto the CodeRed website to add cellphone numbers or emails to this Emergency Notification System.
  • Contact Region 4A MRC Volunteer Coordinator Catherine Corkery to find out more about assisting with non-medical as well as medical needs in the community as part of Lexington's Medical Reserve Corps.

Description of Services:

The Health Division works with the Board of Health (the appointed decision- making body) to:

  • Assess the health needs of the town; 
  • Develop initiatives to protect the public health;
  • Monitor communicable and infectious disease;
  • Provide annual flu vaccine clinics;
  • Respond to general nuisance complaints;
  • Respond to housing complaints;
  • Inspect summer camps for children
  • Monitor mosquito control programs;
  • Inspect semi-public swimming pools;
  • Monitor the "Old Reservoir" swimming beach;
  • Inspect food establishments;
  • Staff the household hazardous and medical waste collection programs;
  • Manage a Medical Reserve Corps; and
  • Participate in Emergency Preparedness Planning with other agencies in town. 

 

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