Harris County Public Health

HCPH to offer Pfizer Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Doses at Vaccination Sites

Bivalent Booster Protects Against Original COVID-19 and Omicron Strains Beginning Monday, September 12th, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) will provide the bivalent Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine to eligible residents. The Pfizer bivalent booster dose is authorized for individuals 12 years and older. The updated bivalent boosters are administered in a single dose and provide protection against the original COVID-19 strains and the Omicron variant. Earlier this month the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) […]

HCPH Launches Spanish Social Media Platforms

Spanish-speaking residents can now access health information instantly! Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is pleased to launch its @HCPHtxenespañol social media platforms entirely in Spanish! HCPH is the first health department in our region to launch an all-Spanish social media platform to serve the Spanish-speaking residents in Harris County. Harris County residents can now access all HCPH social media information completely in Spanish without needing to scroll through the English version.  Many residents whose primary […]

Beat the Summer Heat!

HCPH is encouraging residents to take precautions during the rising summer heat There is a little over a month left of Summer and days of extreme heat and high humidity are still prognosticated in the coming days for our region. Harris County Public Health (HCPH) wants to encourage the community to take precautions and stay safe from the mounting summer heat. The beginning of this week is forecasted to be the hottest with temperatures in […]

COVID-19 Novavax Vaccine Now Available at HCPH Sites

Residents can register today to receive the COVID-19 Novavax vaccine! Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is pleased to announce that there is a new option for people to get their COVID-19 vaccine. On July 13, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine for emergency use.  Following approvals of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), HCPH is now offering the […]

ACCESS Harris County, an Innovative Initiative to Launch Following Commissioners Court Approval of IT Contract

Houston – Today the Harris County Commissioners Court executed a contract with IBM to develop enabling technology for its ACCESS (Accessing Coordinated Care and Empowering Self-Sufficiency) Harris County Initiative that focuses on providing coordinated services to vulnerable residents in need of services across the County’s safety net system and programs. The mission of ACCESS Harris County is to identify the most vulnerable residents in the community—that often are in need of services to address economic […]

Harris County Public Health Confirms First Monkeypox Case

As of June 18, 2022; the CDC has confirmed three cases in Texas and 114 in the nation Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has just confirmed its first case of monkeypox in the County this afternoon from an out-of-state resident. This person has since left the County and returned to their state of residence. HCPH case investigation team is working with the individual to identify others who may have been exposed. This news comes shortly […]

First West Nile Virus Sample of 2022 Identified in Northeast Harris County

HCPH identifies first WNV sample, protect yourself and others this mosquito season   Harris County Public Health’s (HCPH) Mosquito and Vector Control Division (MVCD) has confirmed its first West Nile virus (WNV) sample of 2022. The sample was identified and collected in the northeast area of Harris County. MVCD will begin treating the affected area this evening. For interactive maps of mosquito-borne disease activity, services and proposed treatment, please visit our website. About Mosquito-Borne Diseases Mosquitoes are present […]

“Tip, Toss, Treat” This Mosquito Season

Keep the buzz to a minimum with tips from Mosquito and Vector Control Division Mosquito season is upon us, and Harris County Public Health’s (HCPH) Mosquito and Vector Control Division (MVCD) reminds residents to practice a few simple tips to reduce mosquito breeding and the subsequent diseases associated with them. Mosquitoes are present throughout the year; however, peak mosquito activity occurs in warmer weather, specifically from May through October and during these months increases the […]

Harris County Public Health Condemns Gun Violence

Houston – Last week, as the nation learned of the senseless shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two school staff members were murdered, the Harris County Commissioners Court passed a resolution to designate June as Gun Violence Awareness Month.  The number of mass shootings across the country continues to grow. More than 110 Americans are killed with guns, and more than 200 are shot and wounded every day. In barely five […]

Make Water Safety a Priority for Kids

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages one to four May is National Water Safety Month, and Harris County Public Health (HCPH) encourages residents to stay alert while enjoying water activities. As temperatures begin to climb, so do the risks of drowning. Texas leads the nation in drowning deaths for children under five years of age. Last year, eight children drowned in Harris County, and so far this year, three children have lost their lives […]