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Flu Clinics
Needham Public Health will be holding the following Flu Clinics.  Pre-registration is required for all of our clinics. After you have registered you will receive an email from the Public Health Department with the Insurance Billing Form that will need to be filled out prior to the clinic. 

Please click here to register for the Flu Clinics. 
Wednesday, November 18: Ages 8-18 ONLY

Blood Pressure Clinics: Needham Public Health will conduct blood pressure checks by appointment only on Wednesday mornings, 8-10am.  Call to make your appointment: 781.455.7940 ext 217.  


UPDATE 10/9/2020: The Needham Board of Health has extended the  Emergency Face Covering/Mask Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when entering any business, work site, government building, restaurant for take-out/dining, entering a residential or commercial building complex in common areas through January  2021. 

Find the latest COVID-19 information for the Town of Needham here:


The Public Health Division will continue to provide several its services virtually but will gradually re-introduce in-person services by appointment only beginning on June 1, 2020.

  • Inspections will continue, and appointments for plan reviews and consultations will continue via phone conference or Zoom unless an in-person meeting is required. 
  • Online permitting is available here for Septage/Grease/Medical Waste Haulers, Swimming Pools (pending COVID-19 guidance from MA DPH), and Demolitions. 
  • The link to download Public Health Division permits is available here, and the Current fee schedule is available here.
  • Substance Use Prevention services will continue virtually. The Substance Prevention Alliance of Needham (SPAN)’s website is available at

Contact & Social Media Information

Timothy Muir McDonald, Director of Health & Human Services
Tara Gurge, Assistant Director: 
781-455-7940 x 211
Diana Acosta, Environmental Health Agent: 
781-455-7940 x 220
Tiffany Zike, Public Health Nurse: 
Karen Shannon, Senior Substance Use Prevention Program Coordinator: 781-455-7940 x 215
Carol Read, Senior Substance Use Prevention Program Coordinator: 781-455-7940 x 222

Main Phone Line: 781-455-7940
Department Email:
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