Walk-in flu shot clinics are provided by the Wellesley Health Department to Wellesley residents ages six years and up.
No appointments are needed for clinics, but residents should remember to bring insurance information.
Home-bound residents should contact the Health Department directly at 781-235-0135 to schedule a home visit.
2019 Flu Clinics
- Thursday, October 10 – 4 to 7 p.m. at Warren Recreation & Health Center
- Friday, October 18 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Tolles Parsons Center
- Thursday, October 31 – 10 a.m. to Noon at Wellesley Free Library, Arnold Room
Additional clinics may be scheduled later in the year.
The Wellesley Health Department on Wednesday said it hand-delivered letters to eleven local retail outlets to ensure these business are complying with an emergency order from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts banning the sale and public display of all vaping products sold in stores, online and by any other means.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced the ban on Sept. 24, after Gov. Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency due to severe lung disease associated using e-cigarettes and vaping products and the epidemic of e-cigarette use among youths. More info at Mass.gov
The Health Department letter was delivered to the eleven Wellesley retailers who sell vaping products and accessories and must be posted in these stores at front and back entrances. You can see the Health Department letter here.
The products prohibited from sale and display are:
- All non-flavored and flavored vaping products, including mint and menthol; and products used to vape tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and any other cannabinoid
- Vape products are any product intended for human consumption by inhalation, regardless of nicotine content, whether for one-time use or reusable, that relies on vaporization of aerosolization, including but not limited to e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, vape pens, hookah pens, and other similar devices that rely on vaporization or aerosolization. This includes any component, part or accessory of these products or devices defined, even if sold separately.
The emergency order is effective immediately and lasts for four months, but may be extended. It is enforced by the Health Department. Officials will follow up today’s letter and visit with a repeat visit in 24 hours to ensure that Wellesley businesses are complying with the order. Retailers who fail to comply may be fined, have their vape products seized and face other penalties.
“Diligent work with all of our retailers is crucial to preventing further illnesses and death from vaping products. Information from the State shows that this is a public health crisis affecting both adults and youth that is rapidly escalating. Our job is to respond quickly and protect all residents,” said Lenny Izzo, Health Department Director.
Vaping consists of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol (often called vapor) produced by an e-cigarette or similar battery-powered device. The U.S. surgeon general has called teen e-cigarette use an epidemic. According to MDPH reports, in Massachusetts, 41% of all youth in 2017 reported trying e-cigarettes and 1 in 5 reported using e-cigarettes regularly.
Vaping at Wellesley High School
Wellesley High School Principal Jamie Chisum, on the front lines of the teens and vaping issue, is a fan of the ban.
“We definitely have vaping at the high school,” Chisum says. “We smell it as much as we see it, simply because vaping is really easy for kids to disguise.”
The school tries to get ahead of the issue by educating kids about the dangers. “Vaping is discussed in health class during 10th grade. It is often discussed as part of the good decisions work done in guidance seminar as well,” he says.
When education about the dangers doesn’t work and a student is caught vaping, a first-step punishment is to be assigned a Saturday school detention. During that time students must write a short research paper about the dangers and impacts of vaping for the Assistant Principal of their house. Although it’s mostly juniors and seniors who are found vaping, Chisum says they do have students in all grades who are doing it.
Why kids vape varies from student to student, but the answer falls into a few general categories. “It’s natural for adolescents to be rebellious and try out risky behaviors, so that would be part of the equation for at least some of the kids. Other kids tell us they just like it or they like how it makes them feel. Some say it relaxes them. Many don’t believe there are health risks. Some use it as a way of using Marijuana or at least the THC,” Chisum says.
Between marketing efforts aimed directly at teens, particularly with popular flavors such as strawberry, cola, cherry, and even cereal and buttered popcorn, and the misconception that vaping is neither addictive or dangerous, young people are under siege by companies like Juul who want to reel them in as loyal (and addicted) customers from an early age.
On the heels of multiple local bans on vaping and the Trump administration’s likely ban of flavored vapor products, Juul has agreed to stop advertising in the United States. Juul’s CEO Kevin Burns has stepped down.
According to the Center for Disease Control, there have been nine vaping-related deaths in the US, and 530 people have come down with vaping-related illnesses.
Get Help Quitting
The Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility has a few dates for you to put on your calendar. Let them help you keep things ship-shape in your home by getting rid of your old documents and paint.
Documents destruction service — September 22, 2019
The RDF has hired a professional, full-service document destruction company that will destroy papers on-site in a mobile shredding truck. The company is bonded and insured, guaranteeing the highest level of security. No binders, x-rays plastic folders or metal can go through the shredding machine. Please note: residents cannot bring home the material after it is shredded.
DATE: Sunday, September 22, 2019
TIME: 10am – 3pm
LOCATION: RDF, 169 Great Plain Ave., Wellesley
Paint drop-off day — October 5, 2019
Bring your old latex and oil-based alkyd paint to the Wellesley RDF for recycling at the paint shed. This is the last paint drop-off day until Spring 2020.
DATE: Saturday, October 5, 2019
TIME: 9am – 1pm
LOCATION: RDF, 169 Great Plain Ave., Wellesley
Columbus Day, RDF closed — October 14, 2019
The RDF will be closed on Monday, October 14, 2019 in observance of Columbus Day, which is a federal government holiday.
Art supplies collection — October 19 & 20, 2019
Art supplies will be collected over the weekend of October 19 – 20 at the Wellesley Recycling & Disposal Facility’s give-and-take area to support artists who are homeless or living on a low income.
The supplies will be collected on behalf of non-profit Common Art, which is part of a Boston-based non-denominational street ministry begun in 1999. Every Wednesday, Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street in the Back Bay donates its parish hall to provide studio space and materials for indigent artists. The artists are encouraged to put a price on their work and Common Art tries to sell it, with all proceeds going to the artist.
Needed are canvases, professional quality brushes, mats and professional frames with our without glass (9×12 or larger), acrylic and watercolor paints (no oil), watercolor and sketching paper, yarn, fabric, beads, costume jewelry, and stained glass.
Please inform the Friends of Recycling volunteer on duty at the RDF that your donation is designated for this drive.
More info: Tim Green at 781-413-1793, [email protected]
Wellesley RDF hours — Fall 2019
Monday – Wednesday: 7am – noon
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7am – 3:45pm
Sunday, through November 24, 2019: 10am – 3pm
The following information has been provided by the Town of Wellesley:
Wellesley’s current risk level (as of 9/10/19) is low for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) regularly updates the risk level for WNV and EEE for all communities in the state. Several factors are a part of determining the level of risk assigned to a community. These include whether mosquitoes in that community have tested positive for a mosquito-borne disease, and whether there have been any reported animal or human cases of WNV or EEE this season.
To check the risk level, here is the map MDPH regularly updates that indicates the risk level in Wellesley. If you click below each map, you’ll see there is a chart that indicates the corresponding recommended behavior for that risk level.
To find out if mosquitoes in Wellesley are carrying diseases, the Town, as a part of the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project, regularly traps and tests mosquitoes in the area for a variety of mosquito-borne diseases including both WNV and EEE. Thus far this season, NO mosquitoes with WNV or EEE have been found in Wellesley. The Town does not anticipate EEE to be found in Wellesley mosquitoes. The type of environment where EEE mosquitoes are typically found – white cedar and large red maple swamps – is not common in Wellesley so the risk of EEE in our Town remains low.
To protect Wellesley residents from mosquito-borne diseases, early in the season, EMMCP treats catch basins in the area to
prevent mosquitoes in the larval stage from developing. Through EMMCP mosquito traps, the type and volume of mosquitoes are monitored throughout the season and tested for diseases. Additionally, the Health Department uses a variety of methods to reach the general public and specific populations with messages about personal prevention such as using mosquito repellent and avoiding outdoor activity during peak mosquito hours.
Wellesley does not plan to conduct truck spraying for mosquitoes at this time, however, a portion of the Town is in the planned aerial spray area defined by State officials on Sept. 10, 2019, and will be sprayed at night during the hours of 7:15 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. in the next five to six days.
MA Dept. of Public Health 24-hour hotline: 617-983-6800
Concerned about your family’s health and the climate? Do you want to make a difference in your community and meet new people? Then come to Sustainable Wellesley’s next action meeting on Sunday, September 15, 2pm -3:30pm at Wellesley Village Church, 2 Central Street. The location is accessible.
Learn about the many campaigns, projects, and opportunities there are for you to participate in, or bring your own ideas for making a difference, both here in our community and as we work for environmental justice throughout the Commonwealth. No experience necessary; just come with you variety of talents, enthusiasm and knowledge.
For more information, contact [email protected]
Some agenda items:
The Wellesley Police Department is sponsoring a free bike rodeo on Saturday, September 14, 10am – 1pm at Wellesley High School, 50 Rice Street.
The event is open to any child up to 12 years old. Training wheels are ok! Wellesley Police Officers will offer helmet fitting, bike skills, and a bike safety check. Fun events include How Slow Can YOU Go-Crazy 8 Course and Balance, as well as an Obstacle Course.
Questions? Email Officer Kathy Poirier at [email protected]