The Township of West Caldwell Health Department provides a wide range of public health services designed to promote and protect the health of Township residents. Outlined in this page are specific activities and programs, as well as a listing of important phone numbers to keep on hand.
We urge you to become familiar with the services we offer and to participate in our personal health programs. We are always open to suggestions and willing to answer your questions.
Contact the Health Department for information: 973-226-2303
Health Services Map
Blood Pressure Screening
Influenza (FLU) Vaccination Clinics
Pneumonia Vaccination Clinics
Well Child Program: Childhood \ Audult Immunization Programs
Affordable Health Insurance For Uninsured Families
SMAC-23 and Blood Screenings
Blood Pressure Screenings are available free to residents of West Caldwell, North Caldwell and Fairfield. You need not be a resident should you wish to get your blood pressure screened; this service is available to anyone.
To view the 2017 screening dates, click here.
All screenings are conducted by our public health nursing staff and pre-registration is required. Please call the Health Department Office at 973-226-2303 for additional information.
Why should you get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. "Flu season" in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs)
3 Steps to Fight the Flu
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October, if possible. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Flu vaccines have been updated for the 2016-2017 season.
Note: Every child, age 6 months through 59 months, attending a New Jersey child care center or facility MUST receive an influenza vaccine by December 31 of every year. This is a New Jersey Department of Health mandatory requirement.
For more information about the Health Department's flu clinics contact our office: 973-226-2303. The 2016 dates are to be determined.
Find a Flu Shot
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild
to severe illness in people of all ages. Depending on the cause, it can often
be treated with medicine or prevented with vaccines. However, it is still the
leading cause of death in children younger than 5 years old worldwide. Common
signs of pneumonia include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. You can help
prevent pneumonia and other respiratory infections by following good hygiene
practices, such as washing your hands regularly and disinfecting frequently
touched surfaces, taking good care of your medical problems, and quitting
Pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and fungi. In the United States, common causes of viral pneumonia are influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and a common cause of bacterial pneumonia is Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus). Pneumonia can also be caused as a result of being on a ventilator, known as ventilator-associated pneumonia.
For more information about the Health Department's pneumonia clinics contact our office: 973-226-2303. The 2016 dates are to be determined.
Learn more below about the infections that commonly cause pneumonia:
Common Causes of Pneumonia
Well Child Program
We see children that are uninsured or underinsured (those with insurance that does not cover immunizations). Our office will also take those with NJ Family Care Part A and Medicaid. The Program includes age appropriate immunizations, growth and development screening, lead risk assessment and screening, TB risk assessment and hemoglobin screening. Please contact the Health Department at 973-226-2303 for more information.
Current Vaccine Schedule, Ages 0-6
Actual Calendario de Vacunación Edades 0-6
Current Vaccine Schedule, Ages 7-18
Actual Calendario de Vacunación Edades 7-18
Adult Vaccination Program
Vaccines are not just for children. Keeping yourself protected from disease continues well into adulthood. Bloomfield Health & Human Services is pleased to provide free vaccines to adults, age 19 years and over. Vaccine administration does not stop at a certain age – it continues on as we age. Maintaining up to date immunizations can protect a person against vaccine-preventable diseases. Please contact the Health Department at 973-226-2303 for more information.
Vaccines are available to individuals who are uninsured or whose insurance does not provide coverage for vaccine administration. Those with Medicare Part D are not eligible. Vaccines offered include: Tdap, Meningococcal, Pneumonia, Human Papilloma Virus, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A, MMR, Varicella(Chicken Pox), and Zoster (Shingles). Those with Medicare Part D are not eligible for this Program; Adults with Medicare Part D should obtain their vaccines at their pharmacy.
Current Adult Vaccine Schedule:
Actual Calendario de Vacunación para Adultos
Adult Schedule, by Vaccine and Age Group
Recommended Vaccinations Indicated for Adults Based on Medical and Other Indications
Adult Contraindications and Precautions
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 NJ Family Care Program at 800-701-0710.
Screening means checking your body for cancer before you have symptoms. Getting screening tests regularly may find breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best. For more information about the Health Department's cancer screenings clinics contact our office: 973-226-2303.
A blood screening contains various types of results based on the type of blood work ordered. It can contain Chemistry – this measures blood glucose (sugar), electrolyte and fluid balance, kidney and liver function. Blood Chemistry is also known as “SMAC 23” or “Complete Metabolic Profile - CMP”. A Complete Blood Count (CBC) measures iron, red and white blood cell count and platelet count. A CBC with Chemistry can be used to determine infection, inflammation as well as checking that body systems are functioning.
For more information about the Health Department's blood chemistry screenings clinics contact our office: 973-226-2303.