The Health Department will close at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2019.  We will reopen at normal business hours on Friday, December 20, 2019.

There will be no birth certificate services in the afternoon.  For other locations and information call State of Maryland Vital Records Division at
410-764-3038, or visit their website.   

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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, visit our Health Alerts and Recalls page HERE

For vaping and the effects it can have on teens and young adults, visit the Tobacco Control Program page.


***For clinician information, visit our Tobacco Control Program page.***


(Information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Open Enrollment for Healthcare Coverage Begins

Open enrollment for health care access begins on November 1, 2019 and runs until December 15, 2019.  For enrollment information and hours call us at 410-313-5845.  You can also visit Maryland Health Connection for additional information.


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Walk-In Flu Vaccination Clinics 
Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Howard County Public Library Flu Clinics:  All Clinics 3-6 pm

  • December 17 - East Columbia Branch
  • December 19 - Central Branch

For additional information visit our Seasonal Flu Information page. 


Breaking the Cycle of Youth Suicide in Howard County

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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 school students and 1 in 5 middle school students have “seriously considered attempting suicide”. 

An evidence-based Youth Suicide Prevention Plan, accompanied by an “It’s OK to Ask” outreach campaign, was created to encourage both youth and adults to talk openly about suicide and suicide prevention.  Learn suicide warning signs and get tips about how to start a conversation by visiting teenhealthmatters.org 

Phase Two: Sources of Strength

The second phase of the Youth Suicide Prevention Program began in November with the implementation of the Sources of Strength Program. Sources of Strength is a best-practice youth suicide prevention project. Student peer leaders and adult advisors design and share Hope, Help and Strength-based messages with youth in the community to prevent suicide, bullying and substance use.

How does Sources of Strength work?

  • Creates an interactive peer leadership program that influences positive social change
  • Empowers students to create networks of connection and resiliency
  • Increases help-seeking behaviors
  • Promotes positive connections between peer leaders and adults

Follow the HCHD Sources of Strength Program on Facebook and Instagram.

It’s OK to Ask” and Sources of Strength campaign materials, information, resources and training are available at teenhealthmatters.org, or by contacting Kayla Blasher, Health Department Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator at 410-313-6240.


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: https://dragondigitalradio.podbean.com/category/the-doctor-is-in 

 

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

 Dates/Times/Location

December 19, 2019 3:00-6:00 Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045
January 7, 2020 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 ezcast.com link to Opioid/Heroin Overdose Training.

Suicide Prevention App for Smart Phones

Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/there-is-hope/id1122136102?mt=8

Google Play Store:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextlogik.grassroots&hl=en


Rabies Vaccinations for Your Pets 

Howard County Health Department and the Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center hold monthly vaccination clinics to protect your dog, cat or ferret from the rabies virus. Two veterinary technicians with a puppy on an exam table

Location:  
8576 Davis Road
Columbia, MD 21045  

Time: 
Monthly - 3rd Thursday
12:00pm and 1:30pm

Cost: $5.00 cash or check (payable to “Director of Finance”)

Information:

•  All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier!

• Pets must be at least 3 months old to receive a vaccination.

• For a 3-year vaccine, bring a copy of rabies vaccine history from a veterinarian. Otherwise, a 1-year vaccine will be administered.

• A County license for your pet may be obtained at an additional charge ($6.00 for altered, $24.00 for unaltered.) Proof of spay/neuter is required.

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

December

12/3 - Opioid Response (Narcan) Training
12/11 - LBHA Meeting
12/13 - Talk Saves Lives Suicide Prevention Lunch-n-Learn
12/25 - Christmas Day - Offices Closed
12/26 - Opioid Response (Narcan) Training

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