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Statement From N.J. Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli on CDC Expansion of Boosters to Ages 5 through 11
Everyone ages 5 and older who has completed their primary series is now eligible for a booster dose to further enhance their protection against the COVID-19 virus and its variants.
NJ Department of Health Investigating Three Cases of Legionnaires' Disease Associated with a Hotel Stay
The New Jersey Department of Health in coordination with the Parsippany-Troy Hills Health and Human Services Department is investigating three cases of Legionnaires’ disease in guests who stayed at the Hilton/Hampton Inn Parsippany Hotel last year. Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia caused by breathing in Legionella bacteria.
Governor Murphy Activates Price Gouging Laws & Outlines Steps Taken by the Administration to Address National Baby Formula Shortage
With New Jersey families facing difficulties obtaining baby formula due to the ongoing national shortage, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 296 today declaring a State of Emergency in order to activate State price gouging laws, consistent with President Biden's actions at the federal level. The order also coordinates relief efforts and enables State agencies to take any emergency measures necessary to protect families from issues arising from the baby formula shortage. The Department of Health also released guidance today for families facing challenges as a result of the shortage.
New Jersey Department of Health Proposes New Rules Governing the Standards for Expedited Partner Therapy: N.J.A.C. 8:67
The New Jersey Department of Health’s (Department) Division of HIV, STD, and TB Services is proposing New Rules at N.J.A.C. 8:67 entitled, “Expedited Partner Therapy.” These rules would establish standards for health care professionals to provide “expedited partner therapy” (EPT) and implement N.J.S.A. 26:4-48.2. EPT is a harm reduction practice by which a health care professional, who diagnoses a patient as having a sexually transmitted infection (STI), provides treatment for the patient’s recent sexual partners without first conducting an examination of the partners.
Departments of Health & Agriculture Encourage Residents to Stay Healthy When Interacting With Farm Animals This Spring
As the weather gets warmer and New Jersey residents encounter more opportunities to interact with farm animals such as goats and alpacas at local farms, fairs, petting zoos, and other animal exhibitions, the New Jersey Departments of Health and Agriculture are encouraging residents to take certain health and safety precautions.
New Jersey Department of Health Marks National Infant Immunization Week
During National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) from April 24 to 30 this year, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is joining other healthcare organizations in highlighting the importance of protecting infants and young children from vaccine-preventable diseases. A primary focus of NIIW is ensuring children are up-to-date on their routinely recommended vaccinations, especially since some vaccines may have been missed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Statement From N.J. Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli on CDC Approval of Additional Booster Dose for People Ages 50+, Certain Immunocompromised Individuals
The recommendation of an additional booster dose for those over age 50 and certain immunocompromised individuals will enhance protection against severe disease due to COVID-19 and its variants.
NJ Transitioning to Electronic Benefits Transfer Card for 98,000 Households Participating in WIC Program
New Jersey’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is transitioning from paper checks to an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system with e-WIC cards that will make shopping and payment easier for 98,000 households and over 850 participating stores across the state.
ICYMI: NJEDA Takes Steps to Advance Development of Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Center in Trenton
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that its Board has taken steps to further the development of a first-of-its-kind Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Center in Trenton.
N.J. Department of Health Issues Updated Public Health Recommendations for K-12 Schools and Child Care Settings
With the state's school mask mandate set to expire on March 7, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) today issued updated public health recommendations for K-12 settings and child care programs.
Governor Murphy Signs Legislative Package to Expand Harm Reduction Efforts, Further Commitment to End New Jersey’s Opioid Epidemic
The three bills reflect Governor Murphy’s comprehensive approach to end New Jersey’s opioid epidemic and increase access to lifesaving resources for individuals with substance use disorders. These bills remove long-standing barriers to expanding access to harm reduction services and supplies at a critical time when a total of 3,081 New Jersey residents died from suspected drug overdoses in 2021.
Governor Murphy Signs Historic Legislation to Expand and Protect Reproductive Freedom in New Jersey
Governor Phil Murphy signed the historic Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act which codifies the constitutional right to freedom of reproductive choice in New Jersey. The law expands and protects reproductive freedom in New Jersey at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to limit or overturn the ruling in Roe v. Wade. With this legislation, if Roe v. Wade were overturned, the right to reproductive choice would be protected in New Jersey.
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