Public Health Nurse

The Public Health Nurse, who functions under the direction of the Board of Health, conducts Flu / Pneumonia Clinics, Lead Screenings, monthly Well Child Clinics, and participates in the annual Health Fair.

The Public Health Nurse acts as a valuable resource for information on numerous health issues such as Lyme disease, Rabies, West Nile Virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The Public Health Nurse also offers general health counseling and referrals to other health professionals.

Hours
Part Time: 3 Days/week: Monday, Thursday and Friday
Days may vary due to meetings/inspections
Please call ahead for appointments: 978-671-0932 or 0931

Health Topics Update

March 26, 2020 - Coronavirus Update

For the most up to date information:
- Visit the Billerica Coronavirus Update webpage for local cases.
- Visit the CDC Coronavirus website.
- Visit the MDPH Coronavirus website.

Please contact Billerica Board of Health at 978-671-0931 or 978-671-0960 with questions concerning this matter.


March 12, 2020
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
March 9, 2020



Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


​March 5, 2020

The CDC has revised guidance regarding traveling and has recommended procedures for reducing the risk of transmission.  Visit the  CDC travelers guidance website.

For the most up to date information:

Visit the CDC Coronavirus website.
Visit the MDPH Coronavirus website.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we continue to rely on guidance from MDPH and CDC on action to take in the event we are at risk for the virus.  The risk to Massachusetts residents remain low.  We continue to work closely with Billerica Public School to make sure the have the most accurate and up to date information.  We are continuing to meet with Town Officials, School Officials, and Emergency Management to coordinate communication and preparedness effort.

Please contact Billerica Board of Health at 978-671-0931 with questions concerning this matter.




Coronavirus Update - February 2020


February 26, 2020


Information on the Current Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, now named (COVID-19):

Recently, a new coronavirus—2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus—was detected in Wuhan, China. This novel coronavirus causes a respiratory (lung) infection. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. As of February 14, there has been one confirmed case of this novel coronavirus in Massachusetts, and 15 Confirmed cases in the United States .

The risk to residents in Massachusetts remains low.

While person-to-person spread among close contacts has been detected with this virus, at this time this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States.

Although the risk to residents of Massachusetts is low, many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against other respiratory viruses:

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

Cover your coughs and sneezes.

Stay home if you are sick.

There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this novel coronavirus infection. For more information on prevention, clinical guidance, and travel you can go to www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus . Also you can get fact sheets here .

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is working closely with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn more and will provide updated information on this website as it becomes available as well as guidance for the public. The Billerica Board of Health is monitoring this situation very carefully and will make sure that the most up to date information will be available to residents. You may go to https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov#-overview- for the most up to date information or contact the Billerica Board of Health @978-671-0932 or website: www.town.billerica.ma.us (click on menu go to Your Government-Boards and Commissions-Board of Health-Public Health Nurse.





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Also know that Narcotics Anonymous is there to help!  Please take a moment and view their New England Region Meeting Directory to see when and where they are.

Questions or Concerns contact: Mike Higgins, Substance Abuse Coordinator for Billerica at 978-671-0943 or email him.  You may also call the MA Substance Abuse Help Hotline at 800-327-5050
NURSING SERVICES 
Public Health Nursing services are offered to better serve the community of Billerica. Emphasis is on community awareness of public health issues along with health promotion and disease prevention. We provide MDPH mandated services of communicable disease investigation and control. We are continuously expanding our role in emergency preparedness and response.

Services by Appointment


Services by appointment (at no cost) include:
  • Immunizations by Appointment (state eligibility requirements on some)
    • Measles / Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
    • Polio
    • Chickenpox
    • Td/Tdap
    • DTap/DT
    • Hepatitis A - Certain high risk groups (call for more info)
    • Hepatitis B - All college students and certain high risk groups (call for more information)
    • Hib
    • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - must meet eligible state requirements
    • Meningococcal
    • Pneumococcal Conjugate (PCV7)
    • Rotavirus
  • Flu (yearly clinics advertised in the fall) - home visits are available
  • Pneumococcal / pneumonia vaccine (throughout the year)
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Blood Sugar Screening
  • Mantoux skin testing for Tuberculosis (high risk only)
  • Tuberculosis follow up
  • Lead paint screening (age 9 months to 6 years)
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Health Fair / Billerica Health and Recreation Fair (as advertised)
  • Investigation and control of communicable diseases within the town
  • Referrals
  • Coordinate records / programs / regulations with school nurses
  • Camp / clinic inspections
  • Monthly Well Child Clinics (as advertised)
  • Medical Equipment to Borrow - If you or someone you know needs a wheelchair, walker, cane, crutches or special bathroom equipment contact the Board of Health at 978-671-0932. 
  • B12 injections per MD order