Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Sharon Public Health Nurse Sheila Miller distributed information during Wednesday night's concert at Veteran's Memorial Park Beach.
Sharon Public Health Nurse Sheila Miller distributed mosquito safety tips during Wednesday night's concert at Veteran's Memorial Park Beach. The efforts were a proactive response to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's announcement earlier in the day that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been detected in mosquitoes in Massachusetts for the first time this year -- in neighboring Easton, Miller said. Two of the four positive mosquitoes were a "mammal-biting" kind of mosquito, which is cause for particular concern, the DPH said in a press release. Miller said no positive mosquitoes have been found in Sharon. State Health Commissioner John Auerbach spoke with area health agents on a conference call Wednesday and alerted them to…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Orientation is tonight.
Sharon begins revitalizing its emergency volunteer cadre tonight after a six-year lull. Orientation for Sharon's Medical Reserve Corps is at 7 p.m. at the Hixson Farm Clubhouse, 18 Hixson Farm Road. The all-volunteer Reserve Corps will provide ancillary aid, such as handling paperwork and helping with logistics, to the Sharon Health Department during public health emergencies, Sharon Public Health Nurse Sheila Miller said Tuesday. During a snowstorm, reserve corps members might register people, help with child care and serve food at a shelter the town established for residents, Miller said. Sharon had a reserve corps in 2006, she said. About 100 volunteers participated, but "some of them have moved and some of them have dropped out," she …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Vaccine remains available.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
To the Editor: The Sharon Health Department would like to thank everyone involved with our recent flu clinics for their help: the registered nurses who are always ready to offer their services, the nursing students, and all those who helped with registration and crowd control. Everyone involved helped to make these clinics run as smoothly as possible, and we couldn't do it without all their teamwork and good-natured cooperation. Thanks also to Debbie Odier of Sharon's French Memories, who provided some tasty goodies at one of our clinics. Special appreciation goes to the Sharon Recreation Department for the use of the Community Center ballroom, as well as to Temple Sinai for the use of their facilities once again. We still have some flu …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Revolving fund helps Sharon Health Department buy vaccine amid state budget cut of adult doses.
The Sharon Health Department is offering residents a shot in the arm -- or, in some cases, a mist to inhale, if preferred. The flu clinics start Oct. 12. The board of health has purchased about 700 doses of the vaccine -- all free to residents, regardless of the person's insurance status, Sharon Public Health Nurse Sheila Miller said Thursday. Sharon had about 400 doses last year, she said. This year, the board's revolving fund enabled such a large purchase while the state reduced its supply of free adult flu vaccine, she said. Yearly flu shots are important, Miller said. "The flu vaccine is a waning immunizing shot," she said. "They need to have a flu shot every single year." The clinic schedule is: For all Sharon residents age 5 and up. …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Latest E. coli test 'very low,' recreation director says.
Sharon's Community Center Beach re-opened Thursday to swimmers after the latest test for E. coli returned "very low," Recreation Director Brett MacGowan said. The board of health ordered the beach closed to swimming Tuesday, when a test result of a Lake Massapoag sample there showed elevated E. coli levels. A Massachusetts Department of Public Health fact sheet defines E. coli as "germs that normally live in the bowel of people and animals. Most strains of this germ are harmless, but the strain called E. coli O157:H7 can make people sick." "The most common symptoms are severe stomach cramps and diarrhea," the fact sheet says. Lake Massapoag is tested for E. coli twice per week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, according to the Sharon Health …