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Zika Virus

The Zika virus is spread mostly through the bite of an infected (Aedes species) mosquito. Cases of Zika are have occuurred in most all countries in Mexico, Central and South America, the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia. Zika is not currently found the continental United States.

Zika virus symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. 

For pregnant women the virus can be dangerous to the growing baby and may cause microencephaly (a condition in which children have unusually small heads and in some cases their brains may not be fully developed). It is important that pregnant women who have travelled to areas with Zika virus transmission tell their doctors.

The Zika virus in the United States has appeared in people returning home from travel to affected countries. There is only one known case of Zika transmission within the United States, which occurred in Dallas,TX. This occurred after sexual contact between a recently infected traveler and their partner at home in the U.S. There have not been any Zika virus cases confirmed in Maryland residents; however, Zika virus infections have been identified in residents of other states who have traveled to countries with ongoing transmission. 

The  Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's (DHMH) webpage on the Zika virus as excellent information and resources.
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More detailed information may also be found on our News & Alerts page 


 Seasonal Flu Information 

The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get your flu shot. To see who should get a flu shot and what to do to stay healthy, Contact your health care provider or visit a local retailer, pharmacy or supermarket for your vaccine (most of which accept insurance).  FluMist, the nasal spray vaccine, remains delayed due to distribution challenges at the manufacturer.  However, flu shots are widely available. Check out the CDC's FLU VACCINE FINDER to find a flu shot location close to you!

HCHD Flu Vaccine & Immunization Clinics

 Clinics 

Available  

 Date/TIme   Location   Vaccines Offered    Additional Information 
 Weekly 

EVERY TUESDAY 

8:30-11:30

1:00-4:00

Columbia Health Center
8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD 21045

Flu Shots only

 NO Flu Mist

FREE Flu Shots
Flu shots are for those 6 months of age and older.
Medicare Part B accepted. Please bring your card.

No appointments necessary.

For questions, call 410-313-7500.


Opiod Overdose Prevention Response Classes - Learn to Save a Life

The Howard County Health Department is offering FREE Opioid Overdose Response Program trainings to become certified to administer naloxone for 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 that reverses the effects of an overdose by restoring a person's ability to breathe) and learn to care for the individual until help arrives.
The next classs will be held:

Day   Date  Time   Location   Phone Number to Register(Voice/Relay)
Monday January 11, 2016 10:00 a.m.

Howard County Health Department

8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045

410-313-6202 for further classes and information
Monday February 22, 2016 10:00 a.m.

Howard County Health Department

8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045

410-313-6202 for further classes and information
Monday March 21, 2016 10:00 a.m.

Howard County Health Department

8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045

410-313-6202 for further classes and information

Opioid Overdose Response Program Information Video is Available for Viewing OnlineTo view, click on the following: OORP Video Link.


Health Related Issues Complaint Report

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Foodborne Illness Graphic 

IMPORTANT: If you believe you have an illness related to eating bad food or food product, please call our Bureau of Environmental Health immediately at 410-313-1772. After business hours, leave a message with your call back information and we will return your call in the morning of the following day.


Request the Health Department at Your Next Health with HCHD's Health Education Event Request Form  

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Health Fair Graphic(2)Please submit the Health Education Event Request Form at least two (2) weeks prior to your event. We make every effort to accomodate all requests. However, participation is based on resources and availability.


Public Information Act Request Forms

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Contact Numbers

Administration:    410-313-6300 

Toll Free: 1-866-313-6300 

Columbia Health Center:    410-313-7500 

North Laurel Health Center:    410-313-0630 

Behavioral Health Services:    410-313-6202 

Environmental Health:    410-313-2640
 

Or you may send an e-mail to:
askhealth@howardcountymd.gov  

Howard County Health Department 
8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia, MD 21045
Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM  Monday through Friday