Public Health Information & Recalls

Are you buying a house in Topsfield, or do you have questions about your septic system?

The Topsfield Board of Health maintains current files on each residence in town. These files are available for public review during office hours. The Health Agent, Wendy Hansbury, is available to answer questions and offer assistance. Phone: 978-887-1520; email



Sheryl Knutsen Named Topsfield Board of Health Chair in July, 2015 - Sheryl Knutsen MSN, RN, PHCNS-BC, a resident of Topsfield since 1978, has served on the Board of Health since 2003. Ms. Knutsen is a Registered Nurse and is certified by the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) as a Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. 

Ms. Knutsen has served in multiple Public Health related functions including the following:

  •  Public Health Emergency Preparedness Planner for twenty-nine communities including Topsfield.
  •  MassPro for six years, facilitating the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition, organizing an annual statewide adult immunization conference, managing a program providing Medicare Advantage Health Plan reimbursement to local boards of health and community agencies for the administration of influenza and pneumococcal immunizations, managing a statewide flu clinic locator website, and coordinating statewide training programs on employee influenza vaccination.
  • Public Health Nurse for the cities of Groveland, Gloucester and Newburyport.
  • School Nurse for the City of Gloucester and Masconomet / Tri-Town Schools.
  • In 2015, selected as a Fellow by the Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts for demonstrated mastery  of Public Health Practice; a committment to professional development; and a willingness to act as a steward for public health practice oin Massachusetts.


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Public Health News and Articles from Medscape news and other Publications (pdfs)

  • FDA Proposes New Regulations to Ensure that Sunscreens are Safe and Effective. Click here for more information.
  • CDC Flu Information Website. Click here to reach their website.
  • Kinship Care Families -  Across the country, millions of grandparents and other relatives have stepped forward to care for children whose parents are unable or unwilling to raise them. Click on this link for more information (PDF).
Head Lice
Medical Marijuana Articles

Public Health Miscellaneous

Helpful Websites
Articles About Fish Oil (pdfs)

Cancer News (pdfs)

Men's Health and Prostate Cancer News
Women's Health and Cancer News (pdfs)
Regarding Generic Versus Brand Name Drugs (pdfs)


Regarding Children (pdfs)


Topsfield Regional Medical Reserve Corps
Tick Borne Disease

The links below provide additional information from the official website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Mosquito Control and Related Health Concerns

Please click here to access the Topsfield Board of Health Tick and Mosquito Information Page.