Board of Health

2023 Season Flu Vaccines Available

  • Sanofi High Dose vaccine (for ages 65+) available at the Senior Center on October 11

  • Sanofi Fluzone Quadrivalent (ages 3+) available at Canton High School on October 14


Register here for your 2023 - 2024 flu vaccine. 

We are excited to announce the Board of Health's 32nd Annual Health Fair. Please save the date!  
October 14th, 2023, 10-1 at Canton High School! 

After 31 years of success the Canton Health Fair, run by the Board of Health, returns as a reliable health resource for educating the public on present-day health issues disease prevention, and other health-related services. We guarantee there will be something for everyone. 

This event features numerous health exhibits related to screenings for cholesterol levels, hearing, vision, and blood pressure. Attendees will be able to directly question healthcare providers, health product suppliers, health professionals, public health, and other governmental officials, as well as social service organizations who will be available to chat with attendees about their programs and services. Many town departments will be present to discuss their roles and services as protectors of public health and safety. The Canton Food Pantry will be present at the Health Fair, please consider donating some of their most needed items.

32nd Annual Health Fair Flyer

Beginning September 25, 2023, every U.S. household can again place an order to receive four more free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home.

Free updated COVID-19 Vaccine is now available at pharmacies. 

Schedule COVID Vaccine

Welcome to the Town of Canton Board of Health

The Board of Health is represented by the Health Department staff located at 79 Pleasant Street. 

The Board of Health comprises three residents from different walks of life who care about the well-being of their community. They each serve a 3-year term of office and are given the legal authority to set policies and make regulations to protect the public and environmental health. Some of the Board of Health's responsibilities include

  • issuing permits and licenses for a wide variety of businesses and activities throughout Canton;
  • inspecting all licensed and permitted facilities;
  • enforcing applicable state and local regulations and statutes;
  • providing a comprehensive public health nursing service to residents;
  • investigating all reports of communicable diseases;
  • providing information and advice regarding environmental health issues; and
  • taking part in regional programs such as mosquito control, tobacco programs, substance use prevention, Narcan training, and used sharp collection.

Under Massachusetts General Laws, state and local regulations, and community direction, Boards of Health are responsible for disease prevention and control, health and environmental protection, and promoting a healthy community. Boards of Health serve as the local arm of both the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. To fulfill their duties, they develop, implement and enforce health policies, oversee inspections to maintain minimum standards for sanitation in housing and food service and ensure that the basic health needs of their community are being met.

Board Members

  • Alan Rapoport, OD
  • Anjali Bayliss, MSOT,OTR/L
  • Julie E. Goodman, PhD  Chairperson


Board meetings are generally held on the 1st Monday of every month at 6:00 pm in the Salah Room, 2nd Floor, at Town Hall. Check the "calendar" for more information.

Canton is BioReady®!

MassBio has developed a rating system to determine a municipality’s readiness to host biotechnology facilities based on the community’s zoning practices and infrastructure capacity. BioReady® rates these communities in four tiers from Bronze to Platinum. Through these BioReady ratings, MassBio seeks to provide cities and towns a platform to effectively tell their stories to the biotechnology industry that will ultimately help real estate developers and biotechnology companies find the most favorable destinations to locate. There are currently 90 BioReady communities across the Commonwealth that have all made a commitment to hosting the life sciences industry. 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now: 988 Suicide and Crisis line.

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.