Health Department

Measles: Know the Facts

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. The disease spreads from person to person through the air by respiratory droplets produced from coughing or sneezing. Measles virus can remain infectious in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves an area. Vaccination protects against the measles. See links below for vaccination requirements and recommendations. Contact your physician for further information.

People at highest risk of getting the measles are:

  • Anyone who never had measles and has never been vaccinated.
  • Babies younger than 12 months old, because they are too young to be vaccinated.
  • Adults who were vaccinated before 1968, because some early vaccines did not give lasting protection.
  • A very small percentage of vaccinated children and adults who may not have responded well to the vaccine.

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Food Establishments


Effective January 1, 2017, all Winchester Food Establishments must adhere to the following Regulations that include the 2013 FDA Food Code:

Allergen Awareness Training

To obtain Food Allergen Awareness Training with Certificate on-line, go to either link:

Keeping of Animals

Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community

The Winchester Coalition For A Safer Community is a comprehensive community-based organization, housed within the Health Department, that works collaboratively with town residents, departments and agencies to reduce substance abuse, particularly in the youth community, and to foster safe choices and healthy living through education. To learn about upcoming Coalition programs and to stay in touch with what the Coalition is doing, please “like” us on Facebook or visit our webpage.

The Coalition was honored to have been selected in 2014 from among more than 430 applicants during a very competitive review process, as one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program. The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. View more information about the grant program. The Coalition deeply appreciates the Cummings Foundation’s commitment to community.

Coalition Links:

Sharps/Needle Collection for Residents

Information on Medical Sharps and Medication Disposal for Winchester Residents can be found online (PDF).


Mosquitoes & Ticks

Protect yourself from mosquitoes and ticks by visiting the following links:

Useful Links