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Outbreak of Lung Disease Associated with E-Cigarette/Vaping Use 

CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate Electronic smoking devicesoutbreak of lung disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use.

Consumer Alert: The USFDA and the CDC have issued a public alert to not use vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. Additionally, consumers who choose to use any vaping products should not modify or add any substances such as THC or other oils to products purchased in stores and should not purchase any vaping products, including those containing THC, off the street or from other illicit channels.

What you should know:

  • Electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes — are also called vapes, e-hookahs, vape pens, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
  • Using an e-cigarette product is commonly called vaping.
  • E-cigarettes work by heating a liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs.
  • The liquid can contain: nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other substances and additives.

For more information, including symptoms, visit our Health Alerts and Recalls page HERE


***For clinician information, visit our Tobacco Control Program page.***


(Information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Every year, 2% - 10% of pregnancies in the United States are affected by gestational diabetes.  Gestational diabetes, which can develop during pregnancyPregnant woman cooking healthy foods, causes high blood sugar that can affect your pregnancy and your baby's health. Managing gestational diabetes will help you to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Gestational diabetes can increase the risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy and increase the risk of having a large baby that needs to be delivered by cesarean section (C-section). About 50% of women with gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes, but there are steps you can take to prevent it.

Learn more by clicking on our Population Health page.


Open Enrollment for Healthcare Coverage Begins

Open enrollment for health care access begins on November 1, 2019 and runs until December 15, 2019.  For enrollment information and hours call us at 410-313-5845.  You can also visit Maryland Health Connection for additional information.


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Walk-In Flu Vaccination Clinics  (Beginning Tuesday, November 5, 2019)
Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

For additional information visit our Seasonal Flu Information page. 


Breaking the Cycle of Youth Suicide in Howard County

Youth Suicide Prevention Program Uses Multiple Tactics to Help Save Lives
 

Suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 in 2017.  In Howard County, suicide was the leading cause of death for youth ages 15-19 between 2014-2016.  According to the Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 1 in 6 high sMother and Daughter with It's OK to Ask suicide prevention campaign information teenhealthmatters.orgchool students and 1 in 5 middle school students have “seriously considered attempting suicide”. 

An evidence-based plan, accompanied by an “It’s OK to Ask” outreach campaign, encourages both youth and adults to talk openly about suicide and suicide prevention. 

Health Department staff will be working in the community to provide specialized presentations and training for those who would like to bring Youth Suicide Prevention Program components to their organizations and groups.  

It’s OK to Ask” campaign materials, additional information, resources and training are available at teenhealthmatters.org, or by contacting Kayla Blasher, Health Department Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator at 410-313-6240.

Learn suicide warning signs and get tips about how to start a conversation by visiting teenhealthmatters.org 

If you, or someone you know is in crisis, contact: 
  • Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center 24/7 at 410-531-6677 or
  • text HOME to 741741 (Crisis Text Line)

***For Media*** Suicide Reporting Recommendations


The Doctor Is In - Episode Five - Teen Mental Health and Suicide - Moving Forward 

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Teen health and suicide continue to dominate the news.  In this episode, we look at new efforts being undertaken by the Health Department and partners, to combat the stigma surrounding mental health and how to take action to help those experiencing depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide.  Click HERE to hear the current podcast.

You can hear all of the episodes of The Doctor Is In at: https://dragondigitalradio.podbean.com/category/the-doctor-is-in 


Featured Video

The Bonavitacola Family shares their experience with opioid overdose  and how it can happen in any family.

Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention Training

For more information about substance use/abuse and prevention see our Behavioral Health page.  Opioid Overdose Response (Narcan) Training is now provided on a "drop-in" basis twice a month.  For questions or more information call 410-313-6202 or contact orpresponse@howardcountymd.gov.  (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.) 

 Dates/Times/Location

November 21, 2019 3:00-6:00 Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045
December 3, 2019 3:00-6:00 Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045
December 19, 2019 3:00-6:00 Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045
January 7, 2020 3:00-6:00 Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

An Opioid Overdose Response Program Information video is available for viewing online. To view, click on the following ezcast.com link to Opioid/Heroin Overdose Training.

Suicide Prevention App for Smart Phones

Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/there-is-hope/id1122136102?mt=8

Google Play Store:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextlogik.grassroots&hl=en


Rabies Vaccinations for Your Pets 

Ttwo female vet techs with dog on exam tablehe Howard County Health Department, in cooperation with the Animal Control and Adoption Center sponsor monthly local vaccination clinics to protect your pet from the rabies virus.  Bring your dog, cat, or ferret for a discounted vaccination the 3rd Thursday of each month.

Location:  
8576 Davis Road
Columbia, MD 21045  

Time: 
Every 3rd Thursday
Between the hours of 12:00pm and 1:30pm

Cost: $5.00 cash or check
Payable to “Director of Finance”

•    All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier!
•    Pets must be at least 3 months of age to receive a vaccination.
•    Re-vaccinate animals by the 1 or 3 year vaccination expiration date.
•    Please bring proof of any previous vaccinations. For cats and dogs you will need a copy of the previous rabies vaccine from your veterinarian. This will allow us to document a 3 year vaccination on your new certificate.

For more information, contact:
Bureau of Environmental Health at 
(410) 313-1773
Animal Control and Adoption Center at 
(410) 313-2780

Food-borne Illnesses

Important: If you think you are sick due to eating bad food or food product, contact the Bureau of Environmental Health at 410-313-1772.  After business cartoon of a tomato inundated by bacteria hours, leave a message with your call back information and we will return your call first thing the morning of the following day.


Calendar of Events

November

11/1- Veteran’s Day Career and Resource Fair
11/2- St. John Baptist Flu Clinic
11/5 - ORP Training
11/12 – ROSC Meeting
11/13 - Randallstown AJC Hiring Event
              Local Behavioral Health Authority Meeting
11/15 – Ethical Considerations and Extreme Risk Protective Orders (ERPO) Training
11/16 – HCPSS/Alpha Kappa Alpha Clothing Drive and Community Resource Fair
11/26 - Board of Health Meeting

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