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 WEEK OF: October 20, 2014: 

Learn about Who Needs A Flu Vaccine.





Monday, November 3, 2014 

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

North Laurel Community Center 

9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd

Laurel, 20723

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 

1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood 

2400 Rt. 97

Cooksville, MD 21723

Thursday, December 11, 2014 

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Miller Branch Library 

9421 Frederick Rd.

Ellicott City, MD 21042


The 2014 Ebola epidemic is a virus primarily affecting multiple countries in West Africa. One imported case from Liberia and two cases affecting the healthcare workers associated with the original patient have been reported in the United States. A new case of Ebola was identified in New York City on October 23, 2014.  The patient is a Doctors Without Borders physician who returned from Guinea after treating Ebola patients in that country.

The situation is being monitored nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Howard County Health Department is working with the State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and local partners to prepare for this, or any other infectious disease situation that might arise locally. 

While a very fluid situation, current information and guidance may be found on our Ebola page.  The website will be updated as new information becomes available.  


  • You Can't Get Ebola:  
  • Through the Air
  • Through the Water
  • Through Food

Protect Yourself Against Ebola (and other viruses):  

  • Wash Your Hands or Use Alcohol-Based Sanitizer
  • Don't Touch Face (Eyes, Nose, Mouth)
  • Avoid Contact with Sick People

For more information detailed information on this website, Click HERE 

 Vaccines Needed for Students Entering Kindergarten and 7th Grade in 2014 - 2015 - HCPSS Received 45 Day Extension for Children to Get Proper Vaccines! 

In addition to the regular immunizations needed for school, there are new requirements for certain age groups entering the 2014-2015 school year.
Students entering Kindergarten
     *  2nd dose of Varicella vaccine (Chickenpox)
Students entering 7th Grade MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccine (Meningitis)
     *  Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis {whooping cough})
     *  HPV vaccine (Gardasil – for girls and boys) and Hepatitis A vaccine will also be available (please bring your child’s immunization record)

For more information about these immunization clinics and the regular school immunization clinic dates CLICK HERE!  

A Class Using a Simple Spray to Save Lives Begins in Howard County

The Howard County Health Department is offering FREE Opioid Overdose Response Program trainings to become certified to administer naloxone for Howard County residents 18 years of age and older.  Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose, perform rescue breathing, give intra-nasal naloxone (a medication that reverses the effects of an overdose by restoring a person's ability to breathe) and learn to care for the individual until help arrives.  Click HERE to read more.
Call our Bureau of Behavioral Health at 410-313-6202 for more information and to register.   

Opiod Overdose Response Program Video Class/Written Exam Now Available Online

Howard County Health Department offers an Opiod Overdose Response Program trainings to become certified to administer naloxone, the prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose.  In order to become certified you may either come to our class  OR you may watch the video course and take the test, THEN schedule your class to come into the Health Department and complete the Hands-On portion of the training to receive your certificate and Naloxone kit.  To view the online training click on the following: OORP Video Training Link 

Healthy Beverages, Snacks and Foods - A Few Guidelines

With the recent interest in healthy beverages, snack foods and menu items, below are a few recommendations to help with healthy choices in a number of areas.


Choose beverages better for your health : 

  • Water
  • Unsweetened coffee or tea
  • Nonfat or 1% milk (including soy or cow’s milk, and chocolate or other flavored milk)
  • 100% fruit/vegetable juice
  • Fruit-based drinks containing 100% fruit juice and no added caloric sweeteners
  • If the above options are not available, non-caloric beverages (including diet sodas and teas) are possible options—though not the best.

Take a look at the Better Beverage Finder for more healthy beverage choices or to check what you and your family are drinking really is healthy.   

Snack Foods

Choose snack foods that: 

  • Have no more than 35% percent of calories are from fat shall be from fat (except products composed entirely or primarily of nuts and seeds)
  • Have no more than 10% of calories from saturated fat
  • Do not contain trans fats that are added during processing (hydrogenated oils and partially hydrogenated oils)
  • Do not have more than 360 milligrams of sodium per serving
  • Do not have more than 250 calories in the package

Healthy Menu Items

Healthy Howard's Healthy Restaurant program recommends the following for its healthy menu items: 

    • No more than 750 calories
    • Less than 30% of calories from fat
    • Less than 10% of calories from saturated fat
    • No more than 1050 mg of sodium
    • Includes a lean protein (e.g., eggs, white meat poultry, lean beef, tofu, beans and/or lentils)
    • Includes a serving of vegetables and/or fruit
    • Does not have any deep-fried items  

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Contact Numbers:

Administration:    410-313-6300 

Toll Free: 1-866-313-6300 

Columbia Health Center:    410-313-7500 

North Laurel Health Center:    410-313-0630 

Behavioral Health Services/Substance Abuse Services:    410-313-6202 

Environmental Health:    410-313-2640