April is STD Awareness Month

Syphilis Strikes Back in the United States

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Syphilis is on the rise - almost a 20% increase since 2014.   At one point Syphilis was almost eliminated. but not anymore. The rise in infections make Syphilis a renewed health threat for many.
If left untreated, Syphilis can cause severe health problems affecting the brain, the eyes heart and other organs.   Having Syphilis also makes it easier to get HIV. 
To read more about STD Awareness month visit the CDC STD Awareness Month page.
If you would like to be tested, contact our Columbia Health Center at 410-313-7500 or visit our STD/STI Program page.
(information provided by the CDC)
Photo of diverse young men and women. April is STD Awareness Month.
Walk-In Flu Vaccination Clinics 

The influenza vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from becoming ill with the influenza (flu). Yearly vaccinations are important because the strains of influenza that circulate change over time. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months . It is especially important for people who are at high risk for influenza-related complications and severe disease including:

  • Children younger than 5 years old,
  • People 65 and older,
  • Pregnant women,
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities,
  • People of any age with chronic medical conditions
  • People undergoing therapy or with a condition that may weaken their immune systems.

The newly scheduled clinics are Walk-In.  No appointment necessary.  There is NO charge! 
Flu vaccine is thimerisol-free.  Pediatric doses are limited. Vaccine is for those ages 6 months and up. For questions or more information, call 410-313-7500

Flu Clinic Schedule
 Clinic Date
Time Location
Monday - Friday
March - June 2017
Health Department
Columbia Health Center
8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD  21045


Suicide Prevention App for Smart Phones

(Click above to get more information about the app.)

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
The 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 12pm 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

Opioid Overdose: A Story of Sisters Taylor and Kylie.

After a heroin overdose Kylie is left without a sister and only memories.

Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention Training

For more information about substance use/abuse and prevention see our Behavioral Health page.  For Opioid Overdose Response (naloxone) Training, visit our Behavioral Health page or call 410-313-6202.

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.

Foodborne 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 hours, leave a message with your call back information and we will return your call first thing the morning of the following day.

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