National Public Health Week 2018 Is April 2-8 

Apr 02, 2018

You may wonder what public health and your local health department do in the Long Beach Island community. The Long Beach Island Health Department is responsible for:

Protecting you from health threats. The department works to prevent disease outbreaks by monitoring water quality at the beaches and recreational facilities on Long Beach Island and making sure the restaurant food you eat is safe. It is ready to respond to any health emergency, be it bioterrorism, Zika virus or an environmental hazard.

Educating you and your neighbors about health issues. The LBI Health Department gives you information about making healthful decisions, such as exercising, eating right, quitting smoking or simply washing your hands to keep from spreading illness. The department provides alerts and warnings to protect your health during public health emergencies.

Providing healthy solutions. The department offers preventive care to avoid disease and maintain health. It offers vaccines that prevent illnesses in adults such as flu, tetanus, pneumonia and shingles. It is a place where mothers can get prenatal education to give their babies a healthy start. The health department also provides children with immunizations, to help them grow up protected and healthy.

Advancing community health. The department takes part in developing policies and standards that address existing and emerging challenges to the community’s health while enforcing laws to help keep you safe. It works through research and staff training to maintain expertise and deliver up-to-date health programs.

Visit the Long Beach Island Health Department. To learn more about upcoming programs and community services, stop by the office at 2119 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, call 609-492-1212, or visit on Facebook or on the website: www.lbihealth.com.

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