Public Health

Prevent, Promote & Protect

The mission of the Needham Public Health Division since 1877 has been to prevent and control the spread of disease, to address environmental issues, to promote healthy lifestyles, and protect the public health and social well-being of all citizens, especially the most vulnerable.

EEE UPDATE Saturday 9/14/19

According to Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Needham has not yet received the aerial spraying for EEE. Spraying is expected to begin again tonight at 7pm and Needham Public Health will continue to update residents when spraying has been completed. For more information on the areas that were sprayed visit the MDAR website

As a precautionary measure, Claxton, High Rock, Newman and Walker Gordon fields will close at 6:30pm this evening (September 14th). The Board of Health recommends that residents south and west of Route 135 refrain from outdoor activities during this time. We will continue to update residents on a daily basis throughout the weekend.

As a reminder, changes in weather can determine which areas will be sprayed on a given evening and we do not have a definitive date when Needham will be sprayed. Updates will continue to be provided on the Town’s website daily and notice will be given once Needham has been sprayed.

REMEMBER Needham remains at LOW Risk but your first defense to reduce your risk of infection is to wear an EPA approved bug spray, long sleeves and long pants. You should strongly consider limiting all outdoor activity from dusk to dawn.

For further information please check the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) website at:

MDPH Press Release:

If you have questions please call 781-455-7934

As a Reminder: Sign -up for RAVE Alert (Needham’s Emergency Alert System) and receive timely notices of important/immediate happenings in Needham.



Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 11:00 - 2:00 Rosemary Recreation Complex, 178 Rosemary Street

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 1:00 - 4:00 Center at the Heights, 300 Hillside Ave

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 11:00 - 2:00 Rosemary Recreation Complex, 178 Rosemary Street

Clinics are for those 18 years and older; All insurance cards required including Medicare Cards; Will have Quadrivalent & High does vaccines


FOOD ADVISORY BOARD: Needham Public Health Division has been working to meet the requirements of the 2017 FDA Voluntary Retail Food Program Standards.  View more information here.

Nourishing Needham Logo (2)

Nourishing Needham was developed by the Needham Public Health Division to promote healthy living among residents.  Click here to view more information about the program.

The Needham Board of Health adopted a policy statement on Accessory Dwelling Units. View the policy statement (PDF).

View a public service announcement regarding the Public Health Division's new Waste Hauler Regulations.

Dumpster Maintenance Requirements
 During the hot and humid summer weather, keeping up with dumpster requirements is more important than ever! Overfilled dumpsters with open covers and odors are common summertime public health nuisance complaints.

Please take a moment to review with your staff the following reminders
to keep your dumpster clean and maintained: 

View the All Dumpster Maintenance Requirements (PDF)

Stop Addiction

View more information, support, and resources for Opioid Addiction.

Learn2cope and MA General ARMS (Addiction Recovery Management Service) have additional information on support groups, resources and other links: 

Extreme Cold Weather Preparedness Tips (PDF)

Preventing West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito-Borne Illness (PDF)

For more information, visit Norfolk County Mosquito Control.

Important Links