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 Howard Health Dashboard

  Howard County Health Dashboard

Introducing our new Health Dashboard which will give you an idea of the health of the County based on five ares: Access to Health Care, Healthy Weight, Behavioral Health, Healthy Living and Communicable Disease Surveillance. While our Dashboard is not "real-time" or "up to the minute", it provides recent health statistics and will be updated quarterly.   Click on the Dashboard graphic above or CLICK HERE to see an introduction and breakdown of the many indicators used to evaluate our health!


The Health Department Releases 2012-2013 Annual Report

The Annual Report is a reflection of the dedication to the mission of promoting and protecting the health of all Howard County residents. In this report, the Health Department  highlights programs and initiatives and informs about the wide array of services provided to the community. Valuable governmental and private partnerships have been created within the community to that have fostered collaborative efforts and and broadened our reach. It is, in part, because of these partnerships, we have been able to expand and create new methods to help our most vulnerable populations. To view the report CLICK HERE. 


Good Habits to Prevent the Flu

Seasonal Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Who Should Get the Flu Shot:
All persons aged 6 months and older should be vaccinated annually, with rare exceptions. (Talk to your health care professional)
Good Health Habits to Prevent the Flu:
1. Avoid close contact. - Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick - If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
3. Cover your mouth and nose - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands - Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth - Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits - Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

 Seasonal Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The way to prevent the flu is by .All persons aged 6 months and older should be vaccinated annually, with rare exceptions. (Talk to your health care professional) 1. . - Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. 2. - If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.3. - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.4. - Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.5. - Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.6. - Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.


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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