Board of Health

Board of Health News:


No-Cost Flu Vaccine Clinic: Thursday, October 24, 2019 1 - 4 PM at Town Hall.

Please Bring your Insurance Card.


IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MOSQUITOES:  The mosquito testing season concluded on October 2, 2019. Results for Topsfield released on October 4, 2019 indicate no mosquitoes trapped carrying EEE or WNV the week of October 2, 2019. However, the MDPH Risk Level for EEE in Topsfield remains HIGH. Residents are urged to take precautions to reduce exposure to mosquitoes. See information below.

Click here for more information from Northeast Massachusetts Control.

Mosquito Information:

On September 18, 2019, MDPH raised the risk level for EEE in Topsfield to "HIGH" after an Essex County resident contracted EEE.

Residents are urged to minimize exposure to mosquitoes. See information below.

Helpful links:

To read the Adulticide Notice, click here.

To read the MDPH Press Release issued 9/18/19, click here.

To view the current risk level maps for EEE/WNV, click here.

To read the Superintendent's letter to school families, click here.

For more information and tips on preventing exposure to mosquitos, please visit our Mosquito and Tick web page.

For information on EEE, click here.

For information on WNV, click here.

Single Use Plastic Shopping Bag Ban

At the 2018 Town Meeting, Topsfield residents voted with a 2/3 Majority to support a new Bylaw banning single-use plastic shopping bags in Town. On May 29, 2019, Topsfield merchants were given a reminder letter regarding this new Bylaw which went into effect July 1, 2018. Click here to read the letter. The Topsfield Board of Health and Topsfield Police Department are charged with enforcement of this new Bylaw. Thank you to all Topsfield Residents for doing their part to reduce the use of these bags.

Changes to Regulations Restricting Youth Access to Tobacco

The Topsfield Board of Health held a Meeting and Public Hearing on February 28, 2019 at which R 1-6: Regulations Restricting Youth Access to Tobacco were updated. This action was taken to reduce youth access to vaping and e-cigarettes through a ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine delivery devices. For more information. Click here to view the updated R1-6: Regulations Restricting Youth Access to Tobacco.


Description and Duties

The Board of Health is composed of 5 members who are appointed by the Board of Selectman. Local boards of health in Massachusetts are required by state statutes and regulations to perform many important and crucial duties relative to the protection of public health, the control of disease, the promotion of sanitary living conditions and the protection of the environment from damage and pollution. These requirements reflect the legislature’s understanding that many critical health problems are best handled by the involvement of local community officials familiar with local conditions. The Board of Health also works closely with other community groups to provide health information and services to the citizens of Topsfield. The links below lead to further information about the activities of the Board of Health.

8 West Common Street, Topsfield, MA 01983
Phone: (978) 887-1520
Fax: (978) 887-1521

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Wendy Hansbury Health Agent
Susan Winslow Admin. Assistant

Board Members

Name Title
Sheryl Knutsen RN Chair
Gerry Topping PE Vice-Chair
Thomas Mannetta CE Member
Anthony Alley RN Member
Larry Fixler RPh Member