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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.

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 and healthcare provider information, 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)

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram — the screening test for breast cancer — can help find breast Pink Ribboncancer early, when it’s easier to treat.

  • If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
  • If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.

The Health Department has a Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) which may be able to assist with getting screening, diagnosis, treatment and patient navigation services. Visit the BCCP web page HERE or call us at 410-313-4255.

Please feel free to join us for our Annual Tree of Hope Ribbon Pinning on October 17, 2019 at 11:00.  Pink ribbons with the names of those who have battled breast cancer and for those who have lost their battle with the disease will be placed on the tree. Come by the Health Department lobby and pin a ribbon on the "tree".

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For upcoming Flu Vaccination Clinics visit our Seasonal Flu Information page for more information. 

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, 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 

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: 

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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  (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.) 


September 26, 2019 3:00-6:00 Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045
October 1, 2019 3:00-6:00 Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045
October 31, 2019 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 link to Opioid/Heroin Overdose Training.

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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


10/1 - 3:00 PM - ORP (Opioid) Drop-In Training
10/1 - 6:00 PM - Health Awareness Night - Cradlerock ES
10/2 - 12:00 PM - Health Dept and You: Your Health Matters
10/3 – 4:30 PM - DSS Independent Living Health Fair
10/4 - 11:00 AM - Oakland Mills Fall Festival
10/9 - 6:00 PM – LBHA Board Meeting
10/12 - 3:00 PM - Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department Open House
10/17 – 11:00 AM – Breast Cancer Awareness Tree Pinning
10/19 - 10:00 AM - Master Aging Event
10/21 - 10:00 AM - HC Govt Benefits Health & Wellness Fair
10/21 - 7:00 PM - OMMS PTSA General Meeting (ESD Use and Vaping)
10/22 - 10:00 AM - HC Govt Benefits & Wellness Fairs
10/22 - 6:00 PM – BOH Meeting
10/22 - 6:15 PM - Deep Run ES - Wellness Night
10/23 - 10:00 AM - WR Grace Health & Safety Day
10/24 - 3:00 PM - ORP (Opioid) Drop-In Training
10/27 – 1:00 PM - Chinese American Community Health Services
10/31  - 8:30 AM - Humanim Inc. Health Day

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