The Health Department and other State offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5, 2019 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. There will be no birth certificate services available on either day. We will reopen on Monday, July 8, 2019 at normal business hours.
For additional information and resources click above or visit HoCoOpioidHelp
An illness called botulism has recently been identified in Howard County. Botulism is a serious illness caused by a toxin that attacks the body's nerves. Botulism can be caused by eating contaminated food or beverages. It is often associated with improperly home-canned, preserved or fermented foods. It is not contagious.
A Health Department preliminary investigation identified the possible source as an acupuncture and herbal practice in Ellicott City. If food, teas, or other products that can be put in/on the body were purchased, or otherwise received from this practice, located in the 3300 block of St. Johns Lane, it is strongly recommended to discard it immediately. It may be put in the trash, or if it is liquid, dumped down the sink. (Read full Media Release here.)
If you have further questions, contact Howard County Health Department at 410 313-1412 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Summer is here! Longer, warmer days and lots of sun means more time outdoors. We want to make sure that you have fun and stay safe and healthy while doing it!
Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation increasing the age for the sales of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices (ESDs) from 18 to 21. Maryland’s new law covers all individuals under the age of 21, with the exception of active duty military age 18 to 20. According to a Maryland Department of Health News Release, "approximately 780,000 Marylanders use tobacco products, most of them starting before age 21. This new law aims to protect the 255,000 Marylanders between ages 18 to 20 from developing a nicotine addiction".
The Health Department has programs designed to help people of all ages to quit smoking. Visit our Tobacco Control Program page or call us at 410-313-6265. You can also find additional information about quitting tobacco at www.SmokingStopsHere.com .
The new law will take effect on October 1, 2019.
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Prevent Heatstroke in Cars
Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body.
For more information, fact sheets and resources about Measles go to our Health Alerts and Recalls page.
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 plan, accompanied by an “It’s OK to Ask” outreach campaign, encourages both youth and adults to talk openly about suicide and suicide prevention.
Health Department staff will be working in the community to provide specialized presentations and training for those who would like to bring Youth Suicide Prevention Program components to their organizations and groups.
“It’s OK to Ask” campaign materials, additional 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:
Learn suicide warning signs and get tips about how to start a conversation by visiting teenhealthmatters.org
Flu season ends June 30th.
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
The fourth episode of the Health Department podcast, The Doctor Is In is now available on Howard Community College’s Dragon Digital Radio. Population Health aims to improve the health of an entire group of people by addressing the social determinants of health. More simply, this broad topic centers on improving the health outcomes of families and communities by encouraging healthy lifestyles and ensuring that everyone has the same opportunities to live a healthy life. You can hear all of the episodes of The Doctor Is In at: https://dragondigitalradio.podbean.com/category/the-doctor-is-in
The Bonavitacola Family shares their experience with opioid overdose and how it can happen in any family.
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 email@example.com. (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.)
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
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.
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
Animal Control and Adoption Center at
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.
Calendar of Events
Men's Health Month
June 4 - Marijuana Awareness & Prevention Toolkit Training for Health Educators
Drop-in Opioid Response Training – HCHD Barton Room
June 6 - ECigarettes & Vaping-The Risks and Harmful Impacts - Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal
June 7 – Opioid Response Training - Maryland Building Industry Association Opioid Breakfast Seminar
June 8 – Korean American Wellness Day – Mount Hebron HS
Wear Orange to Unite Against Gun Violence Event – Harpers Choice Village Center
June 10 – Mental Health First Aid Training - HCHD
June 12 – Cancer and Tobacco Coalition Meeting - HCHD (Humphrey Room)
LBHA Meeting – HCHD (Barton Room)
June 19 - Mental Health First Aid for Veterans
June 20 - Mental Health First Aid for Veterans
Portraits of Professional Caregivers Movie/Discussion – HCC
June 25 – Board of Health Meeting – HCHD
June 27 – National HIV Testing Day
Drop-In Opioid Response Training – HCHD Barton
June 29 – PFLAG Howard County Pride Day – Centennial Park
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