Gill Board of Health:
Doug Edson, Chair, 413-863-8246
Randy Crochier, Secretary, 413-863-2353
Ed Galipault, 413-863-8576
Office Address: 325 Main Road, Gill, MA 01354-9758
Meeting schedule: The Board generally meets every other Monday at 5:00 PM. Refer to the Town's calendar of meetings for exact dates. CALENDAR.
Flu Vaccine Clinic
There will be a community-wide flu clinic on Wednesday, November 4th from 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Gill Elementary School.
The clinic is for all ages (6 mos. + older), and both the injectable and nasal mist vaccines are available.
Please bring your health insurance card if you have one, as the fee will be covered by billing your insurance. The vaccine is also available for a $20 fee ($10 for children).
The clinic is sponsored by the Gill Board of Health, Gill Elementary School, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) Cooperative Public Health Service (CPHS), and local caring volunteers!
An updated list of all the CPHS flu clinic dates is available here: frcog.org/get-your-flu-shot
For more information contact: Lisa White, RN, Regional Public Health Nurse, FRCOG at (413) 665-1400 x 114
Changes to Gill's Tobacco Regulations - effective September 1, 2015
A Public Hearing was held by the Gill Board of Health on May 26, 2015, at which the Board adopted a tobacco regulation entitled "Regulation Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products". The regulation amends the definition of tobacco, includes restrictions on the sale of flavored tobacco products, increases the minimum legal sales age to twenty-one, bans the sale of tobacco products within 500 feet of a school, and amends cigar pricing/packaging restrictions. The penalty section includes possible revocation of the tobacco sales permit after multiple offenses. The regulation is available for inspection at the Town Hall offices during business hours, and may be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Gill's Tobacco Regulations effective 09-01-2015
Gill recently participated in the Massachusetts-sponsored CIC program that pre-paid TickReport fees for residents. Funding for the CIC program ended on 30-June-2015.
For now, if you wish to order tick testing with the UMASS Laboratory of Medical Zoology, you need to provide a payment by credit card or check. The fee for standard testing is $50 (which includes tick identification and testing for the pathogens most common to that species).
For more information on tick identification and testing services, go to www.tickreport.com or www.tickencounter.org or search for "Tickborne Diseases" at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's website www.mass.gov/eohhs/.
Public Health LICENSES & PERMITS
Public health permits and licenses that are issued by the Board of Health can now be applied for online. Online payment is also available. To learn more and to make out an application, visit frcog.org/inspections-permits/health/. The fee schedule for health permits is here: Fee Schedule.
Tobacco Regulations - adopted March 26, 2013
"Regulation Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products"
"Regulation Prohibiting Smoking in Workplaces and Public Places
Cooperative Public Health Services - Medication Management and Symptom Management for Gill Residents
Because we are part of the Franklin County Cooperative Public Health Service (CPHS), Gill residents have access to a new program that provides direct assistance from our Public Health Nurse to help individuals and their family members to be effective managers of their own care. The Self-Management Assistance Program focuses on two areas, Medication Management and Symptom Management. To learn more about these programs, CLICK HERE.
Cooperative Public Health Services - Benefitting Gill, Benefitting You!
Are you interested in learning about all the ways that the Town's membership in the Franklin County Cooperative Public Health Service has helped residents of Gill? Click HERE to see a list of all the services that are being provided.
Flu Symptoms Chart
For a handy dandy chart outlining the difference in symptoms between a cold, seasonal flu, and H1N1 flu click here.
www.mass.gov/dph/rabies Dept. of Public Health rabies website.
Dept. of Public Health Guidelines on Rabies.
Wildlife Rabies Dept. of Fisheries *& Wildlife bulletin on wildlife with rabies.
Co-existing with Suburban Wildlife Tips for co-existing with wildlife in a suburban environment.
Recreational Camps Protecting from rabies exposure at recreational camps.
Rabies Protocol Steps to take if a dog or cat is exposed to wildlife.
Rabies Protocol Definitions Definitions of terms associated with rabies exposure protocols.
Rabies Bulletin Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health bulletin about rabies.
Bats and Potential Rabies Exposure Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health bulletin about bats and the potential for exposure to rabies.