Child Health & Wellness

Our primary objective is to protect the health of children by administering timely, recommended immunizations. 

  • Services are for children without health insurance coverage. Age appropriate immunizations and screenings for anemia and lead poisoning are provided to children aged 2 months to 6 years at no cost to the family. Children, grades K through 12, receive immunizations required to attend school.
  • Appointments are available weekly at 2 different locations:

Gloucester County Department of Health
204 East Holly Avenue
Sewell, NJ
Tuesdays, 8:30 AM - 3 PM
Thursdays, 8:30 AM - 12 PM
 
Gloucester County Department of Health
Paulsboro Health Center
1000 Delaware Street
Paulsboro, NJ
1st & 3rd Mondays
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

To make an appointment or for more information call the Child Health and Wellness office at: (856) 218-4127

What to Expect at Your Clinic Visit

Who can bring my child?

  • Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who must show proof of guardianship).  If a parent or guardian cannot be present at the time of a scheduled visit, they must make arrangements ahead of time by calling us at: 856-218-4127.

Do I need a shot record for my child?

  • Documentation of all previous vaccinations must be presented upon initial visit.  These can most often be obtained from previous healthcare providers, school records (dependent upon child’s age) or the NJ Immunization Information System (a shared website for healthcare providers to document immunizations).  An immunization history is needed in order to determine what vaccines are needed at time of visit.
  • Proof of immunization(s) given by the Health Dept. will be provided at time of visit.
  • The Gloucester County Department of Health is a participant of the NJIIS; all immunizations given are updated in the NJ database where it can be easily accessed by other healthcare providers when needed.

Will there be any fees associated with my visit?

  • There is no charge for your child’s visit.

What else do I need to know?

  •   Be prepared to answer questions regarding your child’s health and immunization history.  

Important Resources

Collection of vaccination resources for parents to make informed decisions about vaccinating your child
www.vaccinateyourbaby.org/

Fact sheets for all vaccines in multiple languages
 www.immunize.org/VIS/

Health and safety tips for the whole family 
www.cdc.gov/family/

NJDOH Vaccine Preventable Disease Program
http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/vpdp.shtml

Parenting resources and healthful tips for parents  
www.cdc.gov/Parents/

Teen Pregnancy Prevention: 
http://www.cdc.gov/teenpregnancy/

Updated Vaccine Schedules  
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html


Acenda Integrated Health

Offers a wide variety of services to young women and families.  For more information go to their website 
https://acendahealth.org/ or call: 844-4-ACENDA

Lead and Your Child

All children are at risk for lead poisoning

Gloucester County Department of Health offers free blood lead testing for any child age 1-6 years.

Call 856-218-4127 to make an appointment

Offices are located at 204 East Holly Ave. Sewell, NJ 08080

What is lead poisoning?

  • A serious but preventable health problem
  • Lead is easily absorbed into the body
  • Children under the age of 6 and pregnant women are at greatest risk
  • Even children who seem healthy may have high levels of lead in their blood

Why is lead harmful?

  • Lead can harm your child’s growing brain and nervous system.
  • Lead may cause learning and behavior problems.
  • The longer your child is exposed to lead, the more damage it can cause.

Where does lead come from?

  • Lead is a heavy metal that is found naturally in our earth.
  • The most common source of lead is old paint and leaded dust and soil. Houses built before 1978 may contain lead paint.
  • Lead in house dust and soil is a major source of exposure for children because it gets on their hands, toys and pacifiers.
  • Lead dust is produced from lead paint as the paint gets older or damaged

How do children get lead poisoning?

  • Children mainly get lead from ingestion.
    • Hand to mouth activity
    • Paint dust,  paint chips, contaminated soil
    • Occasionally toys that come from foreign countries

The Gloucester County Health Department can test consumer products that may contain lead such as toys pottery, jewelry and makeup. Residents can call to schedule a drop off time for the items they would like tested for lead. For more information click here



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Who should be tested for lead poisoning?

  • All children should be tested at both 12 and 24 months of age.  
  • Any child 25 to 72 months (less than 6 years) who has never been tested previously.
  • Any child up to 72 months of age who has been exposed to a known or a suspected source of lead.
  • Risk Factors Include:
    • Lives in or regularly visits a house or daycare built before 1978
    • Lives with or frequently visits an adult whose job or hobby involves lead (painters, home improvement workers, fishermen, etc.)
    • If another child in the home tests positive for lead

Childhood Lead Testing Information

NJ Department of Health Childhood Lead Testing Information - Click Here  

  

        



Gloucester County Childhood Lead Prevention Subcommittee

Gloucester County Department of Health participates on the Gloucester County Childhood Lead Prevention Subcommittee (CLEP). The goal of the Gloucester County CLEP Subcommittee is to organize key representatives from the county's healthcare, social service and public health community to develop a plan of action to address Gloucester County's low blood lead screening rates.




    


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Protect your child from lead exposure. Know the sources of lead contamination. Click here to visit New Jersey Department of Health Childhood Lead Resources.

 






Printable Resources


Important Lead Resources for the Public

NJDOH Lead in Water Fact Sheet 

NJDOH Lead in Water at Schools 

NJDEP Lead Page

Childhood Lead Testing Information 


Important Lead Resources for contractors and homeowners:

 

EPA Renovate Right Pamphlet 


NJDCA 10 Day Notification
 


Certified Lead Abatement Contractors



Certified Lead Evaluation Contractors/Clearance Techs


Lead Paint Disposal-NJDEP 


NJAC 5:17-Lead Eval. & Abatement Code 


NJAC 8:51-Childhood EBL Levels