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Dee Riou, Health Department
(973) 239-1410 ex. 224

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Immunizations & Vaccines

Health Screenings

Lunch & Learn Workshops

Blood Pressure Screenings

Medical Transportation 

Cedar Grove Senior Bus




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Vaccines are one of the public health’s greatest triumphs.  With the exception of safe water, no other health strategy, not even antibiotics, has had such a tremendous effect on reducing disease and improving health.  However, vaccine-preventable diseases and deaths still occur in persons of all ages in the US.


Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in this country. Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that once routinely killed or harmed tens of thousands of infants, children and adults.


Did you know that Adults require routine tetanus boosters every 10 years?


Montclair Health Department offers low cost immunizations for residents of Montclair, Cedar Grove, Verona, Nutley, and Belleville. Registered Nurses under the supervision of a physician administer the vaccines for protection against:


• Measles, Mumps, Rubella, (German Measles)
• Meningitis
• Polio
• Tetanus & Diphtheria
• Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis
• Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
• Shingles


Some of these immunizations are also recommended for travelers to foreign countries.  The immunizations will be offered at the Montclair Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Ave., 3rd flr in the Health Department.  Please call (973) 509-4980 for an appointment.



Shingles Vaccine

Shingles is a disease caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Once you have had chicken pox, the virus remains in your nervous system for many years and can reactivate to cause shingles. Shingles causes a blistering rash on one side of the body that can be very painful. The rash can last up to 30 days and the resulting pain can last from months to years. More than 43 million adults over the age of 60 in the US are at risk for shingles. There are about 1 million new cases per year, half of which are in people 60 and over.


There is now a vaccine for adults 60 years and older to help prevent shingles. It is called Zostavax and is manufactured by MERCK & Co., Inc. It is given by a single dose injection. The vaccine is most effective in preventing shingles in the 60-69 age group. In the 70-79 age group, it is most effective in preventing pain from shingles. The most frequently reported side effects related to the vaccine were headache and injection site reactions such as redness, tenderness.


This vaccine is available at the Montclair Health Department Adult Immunization Clinic. The cost of the vaccine is $175. Many health plans have approved reimbursement for Zostavax including Medicare Part D. Depending on your Medicare Part D coverage; you may just be charged a co-pay. Merck makes this vaccine available, free of charge, to eligible individuals who are uninsured and cannot afford vaccines.


Please call the Montclair Health Department at 973-509-4974 for further information about the vaccine or to put your name on the reserved list. Many other adult vaccines are available at the Montclair Health Department including Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and meningitis vaccine, some of which are recommended for travel. Visit  http://  for vaccine travel information.



Health Screenings

Colorectal Home Screening Kits Available In Cedar Grove


Montclair Health Department  

All held at 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair
For information &  to schedule an appointment Please call (973) 509-4974
Montclair Health Dept & AARP present
Driver Safety Course
9:00 a.m. —3:00 p.m.
Participants will learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road. You will learn how to adjust your driving to changes in vision and hearing. There is no test to pass and you are eligible for a car insurance discount. All ages are welcome!
Each participant will receive a completion certificate to apply for a premium reduction for 3 years with their insurance carrier. Individuals could contact their insurance carrier before registering to determine specifically how their carrier recognizes the completion of a “defensive driving” course.
$12.00 for AARP members $14.00 for Non-Members 
 Pre Registration Required call (973)509-4969 to reserve a seat! 

All workshops held at
12 noon
Montclair Municipal Bldg.
205 Claremont Ave.
2nd Floor, Conference Room
Bring your Lunch! 

Call today for innformation and to reserve your seats! (973)509-4969 

Blood Pressure Screenings

Third Wednesday of each month: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Grove’s Municipal Bldg Third Thursday of each month: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Ridge Senior Center (100 Cedar Ridge Dr.)


Medical Transport Program 

Medical transportation available Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. through the Verona Health Department Transportation is available to Physicians, Dentists, Physio-therapy, medical appointments in the West Essex area including Mountainside and St. Barnabas Hospital.For appointment call Verona directly at 973-857-4800 (between 10 a.m. and 12 noon). For best availability please call at least 10 days before your appointment.The program is made available through grants from United Way of North Essex, and New Jersey Transit. Verona - Cedar Grove Medical Transportation is sponsored by the Verona Lions Club in cooperation with the Township of Verona and supported by the Cedar Grove Lions Club and the Township of Cedar Grove.


Cedar Grove Senior Bus

We accept Senior Citizens or the disabled Monday thru Friday with the following schedule:

Monday Willowbrook Mall 
Tuesday Foodtown & Kings
Wednesday Rt 46 Farmers Market & Little Falls Shoprite & Fairway 
Thursday Foodtown & Kings
Friday West Caldwell or Essex Green (alternating)
  • Pick-ups starting at 9:15, drop offs by 1:00
  • Interested parties need to call Joe Cafarella (973)239-1410  ext 200 between 8:30 & 9:00 on the morning they need to ride, leaving their name and address.
  • We have the ability to handle (1) one wheelchair at a time. All other riders must be able to walk unaided unless assisted by an aid. Health aides are welcome. 
  • This service is curb to curb.
  • For Questions contact Dee Riou (973)239-1410 ext 224