The Howard County Health Department
Seasonal Flu Is Confirmed in Maryland
According to Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), on November 5, 2015, the first laboratory confirmed case of seasonal influenza was diagnosed in a patient in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The specific flu strain was type A (H1N1). This year's flu vaccine formulation includes the A strain (H1N1). The person was not hospitalized.
The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get your flu shot. CLICK HERE to see who should get a flu shot and what to do to stay healthy.
Contact your health care provider or visit a local retailer, pharmacy or supermarket to for your vaccine (most of which accept insurance). FluMist, the nasal spray vaccine, remains delayed due to distribution challenges at the manufacturer. However, flu shots are widely available. Check out the CDC's FLU VACCINE FINDER to find a flu shot location close to you!
HCHD Flu Vaccine & Immunization Clinics
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|Columbia Health Center
8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD 21045
Flu Shots only
NO Flu Mist
FREE Flu Shots
Flu shots are for those 6 months of age and older.
Medicare Part B accepted. Please bring your card.
No appointments necessary.
For questions, call 410-313-7500.
Opiod Overdose Prevention Response Classes - Learn to Save a Life
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.
The next classs will be held:
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||December 14, 2014
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045
Opioid Overdose Response Program Information Video is Available for Viewing OnlineTo view, click on the following: OORP Video Link.
The Great American Smokeout is November 19th
The Great American Smokeout falls on the third Thursday of every November. This is the day to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking.
About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. As of 2013, there were also 12.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and over 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.
By quitting — even for one day — it is taking an important step toward a healthier life — one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
The Health Department gives FREE smoking cessation classes that include medicine to help you quit. Let us help you make today, November 19th or any day be your last day as a smoker. Call us at 410-313-6265
To find out more about the Great American Smokeout visit www.cancer.org or CLICK HERE.
Health Related Issues Complaint Report
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IMPORTANT: If you believe you have an illness related to eating bad food or food product, please call our Bureau of Environmental Health immediately at 410-313-1772.
After business hours, leave a message with your call back information.
To Request the Health Department at Your Next Health Event
Public Information Act Forms
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Toll Free: 1-866-313-6300
Columbia Health Center: 410-313-7500
North Laurel Health Center: 410-313-0630
Behavioral Health Services: 410-313-6202
Environmental Health: 410-313-2640
Or you may send an e-mail to:
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia, MD 21045
Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Monday through Friday