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The Howard County Health Department

The Health Department and other State agencies will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2015 in observance of Thanksgiving and American Indian Heritage Day. No birth certificate services will be available. We will reopen on Monday, November 30, 2015 at normal business hours. 

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Seasonal Flu Is Confirmed in Maryland

According to Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), on November 5, 2015,  the first laboratory confirmed case of seasonal influenza was diagnosed in a patient in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The specific flu strain was type A (H1N1). This year's flu vaccine formulation includes the A strain (H1N1). The person was not hospitalized.

The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get your flu shot. CLICK HERE 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 to 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



 Date/TIme   Location   Vaccines Offered    Additional Information 




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 December 14, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Howard County Health Department

8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045



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

The Great American Smokeout is November 19th

The Great American Smokeout falls on the third Thursday of every November. This is the day to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking. /assets/0/113/136/713/5d5c3a40-12d7-4441-9e9c-6dd9b203c2fb.jpg
About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. As of 2013, there were also 12.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and over 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.
By quitting — even for one day — it is taking an important step toward a healthier life — one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

The Health Department gives FREE smoking cessation classes that include medicine to help you quit.  Let us help you make today, November 19th or any day be your last day as a smoker. Call us at 410-313-6265 

To find out more about the Great American Smokeout visit www.cancer.org or CLICK HERE. 

Health Related Issues Complaint Report

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Foodborne Illness GraphicIMPORTANT: 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.

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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:

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