Welcome to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health
We envision a community where every person enjoys a healthy lifestyle in a healthy environment. We are making that vision a reality by offering comprehensive health services to enhance your work, your family, your neighborhood and your life. Take a look at our programs and services. And remember that we are here for you with information, advice and the ability to help you enjoy better living – healthy living in Atlantic County.
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September is National Preparedness Month, a reminder that the best time to prepare is before an emergency strikes. Protecting your health and staying well is also important when thinking about preparedness planning. Get a flu shot and make sure you and your family are up to date with all recommended vaccines for children and adults . Exercise and eat nutritious foods. Cover coughs and sneezes and wash your hands frequently. Visit our clinic services and find more information to help you prepare for emergencies.
In September 2017, New Jersey's reference level for high childhood lead exposure dropped from 10 ug/dL to 5 ug/dL. This means that more children will likely be identified as having an elevated blood lead level—allowing parents, doctors, public health officials, and communities to take action earlier to reduce the child's future lead exposure. Children can be exposed to lead through lead-based paint, toys, certain parental occupations or hobbies, soil, dust, drinking water, air and food. Children put their hands in their mouths more often than adults. It's especially important for them to wash their hands before eating and after playing outside. If a child has lead in his or her blood, it can affect IQ, ability to pay attention, hearing and speech, behavior, growth and development, and academic achievement. All children should be screened at age 1 and 2, or by age 6 if they were never previously tested. Speak with your child's pediatrician to get a lead screening. If your child is uninsured or underinsured, call 609-645-7700 ext. 4500 to check for eligibility and make an appointment for a grant-funded lead screening. For more information visit: http://www.state.nj.us/health/childhoodlead/ or https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/