In the Heat of Summer, Never Leave a Child in a Vehicle Unattended

Summer has arrived. With that comes the reminder not to leave children unattended in a vehicle under any circumstances.  Each year an average of 37 children die from becoming over-heated (hyperthermia) in a hot car according to the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, San Jose State University.  In order to prevent a tragedy from happening, Health Officer, Dr. Maura J. Rossman recommends adopting a plan to use each time the vehicle is exited.

  • Start a “Look before you leave routine”; be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle.  Check for sleeping babies.
  • Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not arrive for daycare.
  • Look into new child reminder technologies that connect wireless car seat alarms to key rings.
  • The elderly may also susceptible to the same dangers as youngsters.  Seat belts, door handles and other mobility issues may pose challenges to those who need assistance to get out of the car.

Finally, do not leave pets in a vehicle unattended.  They too, are unable to regulate their body temperature and can perish quickly.


Free School Lunches throughout the Summer

HCPSS is offering free school lunches throughout the Summer (June 26-August 4) to all children at four schools in the area.  They are:

  • Harpers Choice Middle School
  • Murray Hill Middle School
  • Thomas Viaduct Middle School
  • Stevens Forest Elementary School

Click here for more information (Haz clic para más información)

School Vaccinations for Rising 7th Graders

Do you have a child entering the 7th grade in the Fall of 2017? Seventh graders (and those in 8th, 9th and 10th) who have not had the following vaccines are required to get them before the first day of the 2017-2018 school year.

  • MCV4 (Meningitis) vaccine
  • Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis)

Free Immunization Clinics
(Insured or Uninsured Children)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Severn Room
Walk-In - No appointment necessary

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD 21045

*Enter at the back of the building under the rectangular awning - HCPSS Conference Center*
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Severn Room
Walk-In - No appointment necessary
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Severn Room
Walk-In - No appointment necessary
You will receive documentation to share with your child's doctor and school. For more information click here.

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 link to Opioid/Heroin Overdose Training.


Suicide Prevention App for Smart Phones

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

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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

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.