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Maryland Department of Health launches online portal to give parents free access to vaccination records

Baltimore, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Thursday unveiled a new portal that will allow Maryland residents to access vaccination records online at no cost. Users will be able to view and print official copies of their vaccination records, and those of their family members, on demand via MD.MyIR.net — without an additional request to a health care provider. “This …


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Maryland Health Department confirms season’s first flu cases

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health is urging Marylanders to get vaccinated against influenza, as the flu season has already begun, with 11 laboratory confirmed cases identified since September 1st. The majority of the cases so far have been subtyped as influenza A (H3N2), with a few classified as influenza B. The vaccine protects against both influenza A and B. “We …


Maryland Department of Health continues to investigate vaping-related illnesses as Tobacco 21 goes into effect

BALTIMORE, MD— The Maryland Department of Health continues its investigation of severe lung illnesses, of which 20 cases have been identified in Maryland. MDH officials say they are working diligently with federal partners, local health departments, and clinicians around the state to investigate these severe lung illnesses. “This is a major public health concern,” said MDH officials in a statement, …

Maryland Department of Health investigating cluster of salmonella infections

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health is investigating a cluster of salmonella infections in individuals who all reported eating at Moby Dick House of Kabob restaurant, which has multiple locations in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Since September 10, nine confirmed cases have been reported in Maryland. The exact cause of the infections has not been determined and …

Maryland to raise minimum legal sales age to 21 for tobacco products on Oct. 1

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health is reaching out to more than 4,000 randomly selected licensed tobacco retailers across the state to help them prepare for a change in the legal sales age for tobacco products. Starting October 1, 2019, Maryland will join 17 other states and more than 485 cities and counties across the nation in increasing the minimum …

West Nile Virus found in Maryland patient for first time in 2019

Baltimore, MD–The Maryland Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in Maryland this year. The infected individual is an adult living in the National Capital Region in Maryland. MDH routinely tracks and responds to mosquito-borne infections.  No other locally acquired arbo-viral infections have been identified this year. The number of human West Nile Virus …

Maryland Department of Health launches electronic toolkit to help prevent overdose deaths

BALTIMORE, MD – In conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day on Saturday, Aug. 31, the Maryland Department of Health will launch a new tool to help prevent overdose deaths — the Naloxone Electronic Toolkit. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose and can help save lives when administered quickly and correctly. Created by MDH’s Behavioral Health Administration …

Health alert issued: 5 Maryland residents hospitalized after vaping

BALTIMORE, MD – More alarm bells are going off for e-cigarette users. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Poison Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy have identified five individuals who, in the last two months, developed severe lung illness after using e-cigarettes, often referred to as “vaping.” Respiratory symptoms reported by patients included shortness …