September 18-22, 2017 is SepticSmart Week

The goal of Septic Smart Week is to encourage homeowners, wastewater professionals, and state and local officials to design and maintain effective systems to protect public health, preserve valuable water resources.

Learn more about what you can do to maintain your system by visiting the Environmental Protection Agency SepticSmart website.

New Vaccines Needed for Students in Kindergarten and 7th Grade - 2017-2018 School Year

Kindergarten, 1st,  2nd and 3rd Grade Students
2nd dose of Varicella vaccine (chickenpox)

7th, 8th,  9th and 10th Grade Students
MCV4 (Meningococcal {meningitis}) vaccine
Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis {whooping cough})

These vaccines are needed in addition to current school vaccination requirements.
If your child needs these vaccines, visit your healthcare provider 

For more information call, Beth Amstad, RN, at the Howard County Health Department, 410-313-7592.


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.

Opioid Overdose Prevention Training Time Place
September 18, 2017 9:00 a.m.
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

October 16, 2017 9:00 a.m.
November 11, 2017 9:00 a.m.
December 18, 2017 9:00 a.m.

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

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.