Health Department

Health AgentDavid Carignan
Assistant Health AgentScott McGann
LocationFalmouth Town Hall
59 Town Hall Square
Falmouth, MA 02540
E-Mail Address
Meeting ScheduleUsually Every Other Monday at 7:00 p.m. Please call our office to verify. (Our Meetings are in the Town Hall Civil Defense Room in the basement)
Agenda from 09/29/2014
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StarStarStarStarStarBoard of Health Meeting December 20, 2010
12/20/2010 to 12/20/2010
The Board of Health meeting scheduled for December 20, 2010, will take place tonight and is NOT canceled due to inclement weather. The meeting will begin at the appointed hour (7 PM)
StarStarStarStarFood Safety During Emergencies
10/29/2012 to 11/05/2012
Food Service Establishments - please visit the emergency action plan link on the Health Department's website for important information on food safety during emergencies. Please review this document! Any questions call the Health Department.
StarStarStar Free Flu Clinic-All Residents
10/15/2013 to 10/24/2013
A free flu clinic for the public is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at the Gus Canty Recreation Center, 790 East Main Street, from 3:00 PM to 6 PM. This clinic is for everyone 6 months and older. This is a free clinic and insurance is not required, but if you have health insurance or Medicare part B, please bring your health or medical insurance information with you to the clinic to complete the consent form. Please refer to the "HEALTH DEPARTMENT LINKS" section located at the bottom of the Health Dept. home page to view adult and child flu vaccine consent forms.
09/05/2014 to 12/01/2014
West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes from Falmouth
DATE: September 5, 2014
CONTACT: Falmouth Health Department – David Carignan/ Scott McGann 508 495 7485
Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project 508 775-1510

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in a mosquito collected in Falmouth, Massachusetts from a routine sampling site the area of Woods Hole Rd. The positive mosquito was collected from the site between September 2nd and 3rd.

The area around the sampling site was treated by Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project (CCMCP) last week as part of routine control measures. A CCMCP crew will be in that area on September 5th to reevaluate/ treat the area.

The positive mosquito was of the Culex variety, which typically breeds in shallow man-made items that collect water.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.

By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:

Avoid Mosquito Bites
  • Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.
  • Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
  • Drain Standing Water – Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
  • Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at
New Tobacco Regulations
On Monday, May 13, 2013, at 7 PM, , following a public hearing, the Falmouth Board of Health, under the authority of M.G.L. Chapter 111, section 31, adopted a new regulation entitled, “Regulation of the Falmouth Board of Health Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products”. Generally, the new regulation prohibits the sale of tobacco and nicotine delivery products in health care establishments, a definition that includes retail pharmacies, requires a permit from the Board of Health to sell tobacco and nicotine products, requires certain signs and notices to be posted at retail establishments where tobacco and nicotine products are sold, prohibits the sale of packs of fewer than four cigars, excluding single or packs of cigars priced at more than $2.50 and sales at retail tobacco stores, prohibits the sale of blunt wraps, prohibits the sale of packs of cigarettes containing fewer than twenty cigarettes, and defines Regulation enforcement, violations, penalties and grounds for suspension or revocation of a Tobacco and Nicotine Delivery Product Sales Permit. These regulations will take effect 90 days from May 13, 2013 (August 23, 2013). The new regulations may be viewed online here.
StarResidents on well water
09/02/2010 to 12/31/2014
Please see "Hurricane Preparedness" on the Town home page under the heading, "Important Information-Storm Preparation". In addition to having plenty of drinking water available for your family(stored in clean and sealed containers:original consumer packaging, if possible, for drinking and oral hygiene)for the expected duration of the event, be sure to have additional water on hand to flush toilets and perform simple personal hygiene and food utensil washing operations while your well and pump are without electricity. Water reserved for toilet flushing does not need to be of the highest quality and can be stored in a bath tub or other large vessel. Water for dishwashing and hygiene must be of a very high quality and should be stored in clean and secure containers. Use 1/3 cup of bleach to five gallons of water to make a sanitizing solution for a final rinse for your food contact items. Immerse previously washed and clear-water rinsed items in this sanitizing solution for one minute then air dry. Please be aware that if electric service is interrupted, it may not be restored in some areas of town for an extended period after a storm has passed. Stockpile food, water and supplies accordingly.If drinking water quality is uncertain, boil 5 minutes before using.
StarBoard of Health delegates meet with DPH officials to discuss wind turbines-View the DPH response
08/08/2012 to 08/08/2013
Board of Health Chairperson Gail Harkness and Board of Health member John Waterbury met Suzanne Condon and her team in the Bureau of Health Assessment of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on August 1, 2012. With the assistance of the DPH, the Falmouth Board of Health proposed developing a confidential data collection form focusing on wind turbine exposure to be distributed to residents in the area. Please refer to the "Links" section of the Health Department webpage and scroll to the "Wind Turbine" section to view the Massachusetts Department of Public Health response to the Board of Health request for assistance on wind turbine issues made at the 8-1-12 meeting.
StarMosquito alert!
08/13/2012 to 10/18/2013
West Nile Virus was detected in mosquitos captured in a pool of water in Marstons Mills in early August. Mosquitos are able to breed in puddles and containers or small objects that collect rain water. Please be advised that residents should perform regular inspections of outdoor areas under their control to eliminate all standing water. This includes removing water from toys, tools, equipment and other objects that may catch rain water and taking actions to prevent water from collecting. Mosquitos are able to breed in these small pools of water until the winter.
StarStarStarStarStarEmergency Food Safety
10/29/2012 to 11/05/2012
Food Service Establishments should refer to the link below regarding what procedure to follow during an emergency situation, such as a loss of power.

Jared Goldstone, Chairperson
Gail A. Harkness
George Heufelder
Stephen Rafferty
John Waterbury

Robyn L. Hendricks
Administrative Assistant

Mission of the Health Department
Protect the public health by regulating food service establishments, public and semi-public pools and recreational water bodies, approving septic system designs, issuing septic permits and inspecting installations, regulating the construction and abandonment of water wells, licensing recreational camps and motels. Also, following up on environmental or hazardous materials complaints. The Health Department is also a depot for the distribution of vaccines to local health care providers under the State vaccine program as well as the lead agency in communicable disease outbreak investigations.


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