Thursday July 28th is World Hepatitis Day

In 2010 the World Health Organization made World Hepatitis Day one of only four official disease-specific world health days, to be celebrated each year on the July 28th. Millions of people across the world now take part in World Hepatitis Day, to raise awareness about viral hepatitis, and to call for access to treatment, better prevention programs and government action. Click below to learn more about Hepatitis.

Born from 1945 - 1965? CDC recommends you get tested for Hepatitis C.  Click here to learn more: http://www.cdc.gov/KnowMoreHepatitis/

August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated each year during the first week of August with many organizations choosing to celebrate breastfeeding throughout the entire month. The Health Department celebrates breastfeeding all month long. Call us at 410-313-7510 to get more information.

Loving Support© Makes Breastfeeding Work is the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) national breastfeeding promotion and support campaign. Education, training and outreach materials are provided for staff of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).


Kids, Cars and Safety in the Heat of Summer

It is officially summer and the heat and humidity is upon us.  We remember the sunscreen, the tick and mosquito spray, but do we have a pattern for keeping our children safe in and around vehicles.  

Temperatures inside of cars even on mild days can become dangerous quickly.  According to the San Francisco State University Department of Geosciences, when the outside temperature is just 80 degrees, the inside of a car will reach nearly 110 degrees (a potentially fatal temperature) in 20 minutes and be greater than 120 degrees in 60 minutes. A child left in a hot car can die of heat stroke very quickly.  

Below are several tips to help remind caregivers that children are in the care and to keep children out of cars.

  • ALWAYS check the backseat when you exit the vehicle. 
  • ALWAYS take your child with you, even if you only exit the car for a few minutes. 
  • Ask your child care provider to call if your child is late 
  • Lock your car, teach children not to play in cars. 
  • Keep car keys out of reach, 
  • Place a stuffed animal in the car seat, and move it to the front seat as a reminder when your child is in the car seat when you are traveling. 
  • Avoid distractions, like texting or talking on the phone, while driving.
  • Put your left shoe in the backseat every time you drive your child. 
  • Put important items in the backseat instead of the front seat (purse, cell phone, ID badge)

It is also important to remember others with whom you travel, who  may not be able to exit the vehicle without assistance. Those with disabilities may also need special attention in those days traveling in a vehicle.

Don't forget your four-legged family members.  Cracking windows does not change the internal temperature of a car enough to leave them for any period of time.  Leave them at home or bring into whichever shop or place you visit.

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HCHD School Immunization Clinic Schedule


FREE School Immunization Clinics
(We immunize insured or Uninsured Children)
There are NEW vaccines needed for students entering kindergarden and 7th grade 

July 26, 2016

Tuesday

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Appointment only

Call 410-313-7500

 

 

Howard County Health Department

8930 Stanford Blvd

Columbia, MD 21045

You will receive documentation to share with your child’s doctor and your child’s school

 

August 4, 2016

Thursday

8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Appointment only

Call 410-313-7500

August 8, 2016

Monday

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Appointment only

Call 410-313-7500

August 18, 2016

Thursday

8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Appointment only

Call 410-313-7500

August 22, 2016

Monday

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Appointment only

Call 410-313-7500


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Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention Training
The Health Department offers FREE Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention Trainings to Howard County residents 18 years of age and older.Learn how to:
  • recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose
  • perform rescue breathing,
  • give intra-nasal naloxone (a medication given as a nose spray that reverses the effects of an overdose by restoring a person's ability to breathe)
  • learn to care for the individual until help arrives.

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.

Day/Date
Time
Location More Information
Monday, August 29, 2016  10:00a.m.  HCHD 8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045 
Call 410-313-6202 to register or for additional information 
Monday, September 26, 2016  10:00a.m. HCHD 8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045 
Call 410-313-6202 to register or for additional information 
Monday, October 24, 2016  10:00 a.m. HCHD 8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Call 410-313-6202 to register or for additional information 
Monday, November 21, 2016 10:00 a.m.  HCHD 8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Call 410-313-6202 to register or for additional information 
Monday, December 19, 2016  10:00 a.m.  HCHD 8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045 
Call 410-313-6202 to register or for additional information 


Foodborne Illnesses

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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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