October 01, 2020

Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center & Montclair Department of Health and Human Services Launch 2nd Annual Don’t Bug Me Flu Prevention Campaign

Montclair, NJ (October 1, 2020) – Mountainside Medical Center and the Montclair Department of Health and Human Services launched Don’t Bug Me, their annual public awareness campaign aimed at flu prevention, today. This year, the campaign has expanded to include how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Mountainside and the Montclair Department of Health target three main audiences during the campaign – schools, employers and the general public. Creative materials designed specifically for these audiences are free and available for download from the Mountainside Medical Center website: www.mountainsidehosp.com/dontbugme.

School-aged children, specifically elementary students, are the primary target of Don’t Bug Me because of their propensity to transport the viruses.

The following list includes steps that will or have been taken to roll out this year’s campaign:

  • Educational materials geared towards children, all tied together with a colorful cartoon character bug named Louie Achooee have been developed. The materials include a cartoon video, coloring and fact sheets, stickers and instructional guides for elementary aged students, with simple, direct messages to teach children how to prevent spreading the flu and COVID-19.
  • The Don’t Bug Me website features trivia and “gross” facts about the flu and COVID-19.
  • Mountainside Medical Center will deliver all the materials to interested schools and childcare centers at no cost.
  • Web links to download free materials, including posters for schools and businesses, restroom signage, coloring sheets, video and other content are available at www.mountainsidehosp.com/dontbugme.

For more information about the Don’t Bug Me campaign please contact Chiara Marababol at 973-259-3415 or Chiara.Marababol@mountainsidehosp.com.

About Mountainside Medical Center

Mountainside Medical Center has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital provides patients immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease. Mountainside Medical Center is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about Mountainside Medical Center visit www.mountainsidehosp.com.

About Montclair Department of Health and Human Services

The Mission of the Montclair Department of Health and Human Services is to protect and enhance the health and the quality of life of Montclair residents through preventative activities, coordination of interagency efforts, and interventions designed to promote positive health behaviors. The Department follows the New Jersey State Department of Health mandated activities through its “Best Practice Standards”.

Various Divisions of the department provide services designed to make Montclair a healthier place to live for residents of all ages.  Divisions include: Animal Control and Sheltering, Environmental Health, Health Education/Community Health, Public Health Nursing, Senior Services/Lifelong Montclair, Section 8,Office of Environmental Affairs/Sustainability, Vital Statistics/Registrar.  For more information on the department divisions, please contact the Montclair Health Department directly at 973-509-4980 or  visit www.montclairnjusa.org.




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