News, Notices and Information
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RRP Certification Class
Posted on October 11, 2018
Photos taken on 10/20/18
October 2018 Newsletter
Posted on October 01, 2018
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Flu Clinic Press Release
Posted on October 01, 2018
Date: September 24, 2018
Contact: Carissa Caserta, MPH
Phone: (203) 881-3255
The Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD) will offer influenza vaccine clinics to residents of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Shelton during the months of September, October and November. All residents are welcome to any of the clinics listed below, and appointments are not necessary.
Clinics will be held at the following locations:
- October 3 9am-11am – Naugatuck Senior Center
- October 10 10:30am-12:30pm – Shelton Senior Center
- October 12 9-11am – Ansonia Senior Center
- October 16 11am-1pm – Derby Senior Center
- October 17 11am-2pm – Warsaw Park, Ansonia
- October 24 9:30am-12pm Seymour Senior Center
- November 6 11am-1pm – Shelton Intermediate School, Vote and Vax!
- November 7 10:30am-12pm – Shelton Senior Center
Additional clinics will be available by appointment at Naugatuck Valley Health District, 98 Bank Street, Seymour, CT. Children (3 years and older) needing flu shots will be accommodated by appointment at regularly scheduled immunization clinics at the district office in Seymour.
The Health District accepts the following insurances; Aetna, Cigna, ConnectiCare, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare Part B. There is no copay to those who have insurance. We are not able to accept Medicare Advantage plans, Oxford or United HealthCare. Those who are eligible should bring the proper insurance cards. The cost of the flu vaccine for those who do not have insurance is $30 for the quadrivalent vaccine, and $60 for the high dose vaccine for those 65 years and older. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, debit or credit card. All clinic attendees should wear loose fitting clothes with short sleeves.
Elderly homebound persons who cannot attend any of the clinics may contact the Health District at 203-881-3255 to make arrangements for a nurse to administer the vaccine at home. Such individuals should have permission from their physicians for the influenza vaccine and have insurance through the above noted insurers.
Clinic dates may be added or revised. For more information regarding the district’s flu clinic schedule, please call Naugatuck Valley Health District, 203-881-3255, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The Naugatuck Valley Health District office is located at 98 Bank Street, Seymour, and serves residents of the municipalities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Shelton. Clinic schedules are also posted on the NVHD website at www.nvhd.org or NVHD’s Facebook and Twitter.
West Nile Virus - Updated 8/29/18
Posted on October 01, 2018
On September 6, 2018 the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), a separate state agency that is responsible for trapping, identifying, and testing mosquitoes for encephalitis viruses (including West Nile Virus), reported that mosquitoes trapped in Shelton tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).
The Shelton Avenue trapping station is one of 91 trapping stations monitored by CAES and the only trapping station in the jurisdiction of the Naugatuck Valley Health District.
The map on the left shows the locations of the 91 trapping stations. The map on the right shows the 2018 West Nile Virus Activity as of October 1, 2018, including positive mosquitoes, positive human cases and will be updated if any positive horse cases are reported.
Like many other towns in Connecticut, Naugatuck Valley Health District is advising residents to take the necessary precautions to reduce mosquitoes around your homes and avoid mosquito bites.
What are the symptoms of WNV?
Serious Symptoms in a Few People. About 1 in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent.
Milder Symptoms in Some People. Up to 20 percent of the people who become infected will have symptoms which can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days to as long as several weeks.
No Symptoms in Most People. Approximately 80 percent of people who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all, but there is no way to know in advance if you will develop an illness or not.
Additional Mosquito Resources
CDC: Prevent Mosquito Bites
CDC: Controlling Mosquitoes at Home
CAES: State of Connecticut Mosquito Trapping and Arbovirus Testing Program
CT Mosquito Management Program
Fairfield Health Department: Mosquitoes YouTube Video
POST CREATED 8/29/18; REVISED 9/18/18; 10/1/18
RECALL LIST (updated 9/5/18)
Posted on September 05, 2018
This page will be monitored and updated as new information is released. Updated 9/5/18.
For a complete list of notices of recalls and alerts from both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), visit the FoodSafety.gov website: https://www.foodsafety.gov/recalls/recent
Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal
OUTBREAK Update: Salmonella infections linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal now total 130 people in 34 states with 34 hospitalizations (0 deaths).
- Do not sell or serve Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. It is NOT legal to sell this cereal at this time.
- CDC continues to recommend people not eat and retailers not sell any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. It might be contaminated with Salmonella and could make people sick.
- Even if some of the cereal has been eaten and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away or return it for a refund.
- If you store cereal that looks like Kellogg’s Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or type, throw it away.
- Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.
- Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.
- Most people infected with Salmonella develop the following signs and symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria:
- Abdominal cramps
CDC Investigation Update: Salmonella outbreak linked to Honey Smacks
FDA Investigating Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka Infections Linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal
FDA: Kellogg Company Voluntarily Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal Due to Possible Health Risk
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish
Voluntary Recall Notice from Pepperidge Farm:
If you have any of these products, please use caution and throw them away.
Ritz Sandwich and Ritz Bits Cheese Products
Mondelēz Global LLC announced on July 21, 2018 a voluntary recall in the United States, including Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands, of certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits product. These products contain whey powder as an ingredient, which the whey powder supplier has recalled due to the potential presence of Salmonella.
Consumers who have these products should not eat them, and should discard any products they may have. Consumers can contact the company at 1-844-366 -1171, 24 hours a day to get more information about the recall, and Consumer Relations specialists are available Monday-Friday, 9am to 6pm EST.
For a complete list of the products, visit https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm614253.htm
Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip
U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports: “As a precaution, approximately 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip are being voluntarily recalled because the affected product is showing signs of product separation which can lead to a potential health hazard.
This could create conditions that could allow for the growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.
Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double vision, and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
There have been no consumer complaints or reports of illness related to this issue to date.”
For more product information and UPC numbers, please visit https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm614642.htm