The Howard County Health Department will be CLOSED on Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  There will be no birth certificate services available.  We will reopen on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at normal business hours.


Grassroots 24/7 Crisis Assistance - 410-531-6677 (local) or 2-1-1 (statewide)
Walk-in Assistance 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., 7 Days/Week at Grassroots Crisis Center 
Resources and Referrals - 410-313-6202 

For additional information and resources click above or visit HoCoOpioidHelp

Cold Weather Safety

Forecasts have indicated colder weather moving through our area that will yield temperatures that can be dangerous after long periods of exposure, if proper precautions are not taken.  Some of the dangers associated with winter weather include hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning and injuries from heat sources. 

 A danger of extreme cold is frostbite. Frostbite is the freezing and subsequent destruction of body tissue. The areas most likely to freeze are toes, fingers, ears, cheeks and the tip of the nose. 

To protect yourself and your family in cold weather follow the below tips:

• Cover your head. You lose as much as 50 percent of your body heat through your head.

• Wear several layers of lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. The air between the layers acts as insulation to keep you warmer.

• Wear mittens rather than fingered gloves. The close contact of fingers helps keep your hands warm.

• Wear warm leg coverings and heavy socks, or two pairs of lightweight socks.

• Be alert to other common winter hazards, such as carbon monoxide (CO) and injuries from heat sources. CO is produced by small gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. This colorless, odorless gas can cause severe illness and death. Go to for CO poisoning prevention tips

• Do not forget about pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association has great tips for all of our four-legged family members.  Visit for more.

• Vehicles should contain items such as heavy blankets, water, nonperishable food, a flashlight and a snow shovel. More information about cold weather preparedness may be found at:

If you are in need of shelter, call Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center at 410-531-6677.

Warming Centers will be available during normal operations at County 50+ Centers, Public Libraries, County Community Centers and the Mall in Columbia.
Click here for a list of locations and times of operation.

January is National Radon Action MonthJanuary is Radon Action Month. Photo of a house.

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes for radon. 

Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family. 
CLICK HERE to

Seasonal Flu Clinics

Walk-In hours. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. No appointment necessary.
Wednesday clinics are 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Howard County Health Department 
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

More clinics:
January 22, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Savage Library
9525 Durness Ln.
Laurel, MD  20723

January 29, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Elkridge Library
6540 Washington Blvd.
Elkridge, MD  21075

Lead Information & Resources

Visit the following Health Department pages:

 The Doctor Is In - Episode Two - Teen Mental Health & Suicide 

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The second episode of the Health Department podcast, The Doctor Is In is now available on Howard Community College’s Dragon Digital Radio.  This episode explores teen mental health and suicide.  In Howard County, from 2014-2016, suicide was the number one cause of death for teens age 15-19. In this podcast, we'll talk to the mother of a Howard County girl who died by suicide and to the lead clinician from Grassroots' Mobile Crisis Team about teen mental health, suicide and resources available to help. You can hear all of the episodes of The Doctor Is In at: 

Featured Video

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.) 

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Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

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Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

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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.

Suicide Prevention App for Smart Phones

Apple App Store:

Google Play Store:

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

Tuesday, 1 January, 2019
New Year's Day - Offices Closed

Tuesday, 8 January, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ORP Training for Howard Counts Volunteers
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM Presentation/Tour Korean Health Professionals
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Drop-In Opioid Overdose PreventionTraining

Wednesday, 9 January, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Local Behavioral Health Authority Board Meeting

Monday, 14 January, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Opioid Overdose Prevention Training

Tuesday, 15 January, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Glenelg Country School Career Luncheon
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Flu Immunization Clinic - Central Library

Wednesday, 16 January, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ORP Training for Howard Counts Volunteers

Monday, 21 January, 2019
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday - Offices Closed

Tuesday, 22 January, 2019
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Flu Immunization Clinic - Savage Library
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Board of Health Meeting

Wednesday, 23 January, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Pointers Run ES Fitness Fun

Thursday, 24 January, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM HC Counts & Homeless Resource Fair

Tuesday, 29 January, 2019
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Flu Immunization Clinic - Elkridge Library

Thursday, 31 January, 2019
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Drop-In Opioid Overdose Prevention Training

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