Public Health Nurse

News/Health Topics from the Nurse's Office  

php  Burlington Food Pantry 


CommHlth   This is a link to Community Health Centers and Family Planning Centers in Massachusetts

211  Dial 211 for Non-emergency Information - information about health and human services available in your community 


MassHealth  MassHealth - To improve the health outcomes of our diverse members, their families and their communities, by providing access to integrated health care services that sustainably promote health, well-being, independence, and quality of life.


 massinmotion MASS in Motion - Mass in Motion is a statewide movement that promotes opportunities for healthy eating and active living in the places people live, learn, work and play. (link) 

hp   Healthy People 2020 (

wic    WIC (Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program) 

The following services are offered by our office:

WALK-IN BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING AT BURLINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY – The BOH Nurse and BVRC medical volunteers conduct blood pressure screenings at the library each month.  Please call the BOH office to confirm schedule.


  • TB Screenings:
    • Skin Test for TB - case contacts
    • Skin Test for TB - routine testing (no charge) for Burlington residents (information link
  • Disease Prevention and Health Maintenance Programs
    • Flu Vaccine (seasonal)
  • Vaccine for Children Program 
    • For children and young adults (up to 18 years)

 WE PROVIDE ALL VACCINES REQUIRED for school entry to non-insured children (age 18 and younger) of Burlington

  • Hepatitis B
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella [German Measles])
  • Polio
  • TDaP (for adolescents)
  • Td (Tetanus)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)

  In addition to the above services, the nurse also does the following:

  • Infectious Disease Surveillance

 The Supervisory Nurse is responsible for conducting case investigations on communicable diseases.  In Massachusetts, reporting of communicable and infectious diseases is required under MGL 105 CMR 300.000: Reportable Diseases, Surveillance, and Isolation and Quarantine Requirements.  These regulations require that health care providers and laboratories report communicable diseases to the local Board of Health in which the patient is residing.  There are approximately 80 reportable communicable diseases that are designated as dangerous to public health.  If your laboratory results indicate that you have a communicable disease, such as salmonella or norovirus, the Supervisory Nurse will begin the investigation by contacting you to ask a series of questions that will be dependent upon what disease you have contracted.  Your information remains confidential between the Board of Health and the MA Department of Public Health.  The Supervisory Nurse collects information on the patient and potential contacts to prevent disease outbreaks and to provide vaccines and education, if needed. 

  •  Emergency Preparedness

The Supervisory Nurse is involved in emergency preparedness planning through the planning and execution of emergency response drills.  The Board of Health is responsible for maintaining and exercising an Emergency Dispensing Site (EDS) Plan in the event that our residents would need medication or vaccinations from the CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile.  The yearly flu clinic serves as a full scale exercise (or emergency preparedness drill) for BOH staff and Burlington Volunteer Reserve Corps (BVRC) volunteers.  The Supervisory Nurse is responsible for the planning and execution of the yearly full scale exercise and for updating emergency plans. 

  •  National Health Observances and Healthy People 2020 information
  • Tuberculosis referral and case management (Tuberculosis (active disease) and TBI (non-infectious disease exposure)