The Board of Health makes regulations as it deems necessary for the public health and safety of the Town. The Wenham Board of Health is responsible for the enforcement of State Sanitary Codes, State Environmental Codes and Wenham Board of Health Regulations. Areas of responsibility include: septic systems, housing and dwelling units, food service establishments, private wells and recreational camps for children.
- Measles: An updated from the Wenham Public Health Nurse:
You may be hearing a lot about measles lately. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since January 2019, there are over 700 confirmed cases of measles in 22 states, including Massachusetts. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. Public Health Nurses from North Shore communities have put together a list of the most important facts about measles.
1. Measles can be serious. Some people think of measles as just a little rash and fever that clears up in a few days, but measles can cause serious health complications, especially in children younger than 5 years of age.
2. Measles is very contagious. Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected.
3. You can still get measles in the United States. Every year, measles is brought into the United States by unvaccinated travelers (Americans or foreign visitors) who get measles while they are in other countries. Even if your family does not travel internationally, you could come into contact with measles anywhere in your community. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk.
4. You have the power to protect yourself and community against measles with a safe and effective vaccine. The best protection against measles is measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. MMR vaccine provides long-lasting protection against all strains of measles.
The CDC considers you protected from measles if you have written documentation (records) showing at least one of the following:
- You received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n) —
- school-aged child (grades K-12)
- adult who will be in a setting that poses a high risk for measles transmission, including students at post-high school education institutions, healthcare personnel, and international travelers.
- You received one dose of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n) —
- preschool-aged child
- adult who will not be in a high-risk setting for measles transmission.
- A laboratory confirmed that you had measles at some point in your life.
- A laboratory confirmed that you are immune to measles.
- You were born before 1957.
Public Health Nurses encourage residents to speak with your doctor if you’re not sure whether you are fully vaccinated. For more information about measles, mumps, rubella viruses or vaccine, you may visit www.cdc.gov/measles.
- Property Exclusion from Mosquito Spraying:
As good weather quickly approaches, the Board of Health would like to remind residents of the procedure for excluding their property from mosquito spraying. Mosquito spraying only can occur by a vote of the Board of Health. The Board of Health would be notified by the Northeast Mosquito Control Board if any mosquitoes collected and tested in the region had a positive result for any sort of mosquito carried disease. While this occurs infrequently in Wenham, it has occurred before. Residents who wish to be excluded if a spraying were to occur must request to be excluded every year. Residents can submit the form online or mail the exclusion form into the state on a rolling basis. Requests will go into effect fourteen (14) days after the exclusion request is received. This service is a part of a state program and also provides the town with mosquito testing, catch basin treatment, and public information services regarding mosquitos. The Northeast Control Board has multiple collection locations in Wenham and the region that are frequently tested for disease. More information can be found on the Board of Health website on the Mosquito Information page, by emailing email@example.com or by calling 978-468-5520 ext. 4.
Regina Baker (2020)
Gerald T. Donnellan (2021)
Dr. Andrew Ting, Chair (2019)
The Board of Health holds public meetings on Wednesday mornings, as needed.
Contact the Board of Health
Wenham Town Hall
138 Main Street
Wenham, MA 01984
Phone 978-468-5520 Ext .4
Gregory P. Bernard
Areas of responsibility: septic systems and private wells
Assistant Health Agent
Areas of responsibility: food service, public pools, recreational camps for children
Public Health Nurse
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Friday
The Board of Health Agent, Greg Bernard, has office hours on Wednesday mornings by appointment