Harris County Public Health

Maternal Health Continues to be an Urgent Crisis in Harris County

Maternal Health Awareness Day is January 23 – A call to action to improve maternal health January 23rd is Maternal Health Awareness Day, a day in which Harris County Public Health (HCPH) highlights the urgent maternal and infant health crisis in the county. HCPH reminds our birthing communities about the importance of knowing their risk and the many preventive steps that can be taken to ensure healthier outcomes. Pregnancy and birth can carry serious health risks […]

Get Informed, Screened, and Vaccinated for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Take the next steps towards preventing cervical cancer and learn about the many treatment options available January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and Harris County Public Health (HCPH) wants you to get informed, screened, and vaccinated to better protect your cervical health. Cervical cancer is a disease in which cancer cells arise in the cervix, which connects the uterus to the vagina. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common cause of cervical cancer. It is […]

HCPH Now Offering Updated COVID-19 Booster Doses for Children Six Months of Age and Older

The Updated COVID-19 Booster (Bivalent) Offers Higher Protection Against Omicron Strains Tomorrow, Friday, December 16th , Harris County Public Health (HCPH) will begin administering Moderna COVID-19 updated boosters (Bivalent) to children six months of age to five years old and Pfizer COVID-19 updated boosters for children six months to four years old at all HCPH Vaccination Sites. The updated COVID-19 booster vaccine offers higher protection against the original COVID-19 strains and the Omicron variant. The […]

Harris County Public Health has instructed all establishments in Harris County to stop serving oysters from Harvest Area TX-1

On December 9, 2022, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued a recall for all oysters harvested from the Harvest Area TX-1 within the Galveston Bay after reports of gastrointestinal illness among people who consumed oysters harvested from those waters. Cases have been reported in Florida and in Texas, including Harris County. DSHS also shut down that area for oyster harvesting. To read the full DSHS release, click here. Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has […]

HCPH Joins the Community to Stop HIV Together

December 1st is World AIDS Day Harris County Public Health (HCPH) encourages our residents to #StopHIVTogether. December 1st is World AIDS Day – a day to come together with others around the world to prevent HIV, offer our support to people living with HIV, and remember those who have lost their lives to an HIV-related illness. HIV, which stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, weakens a person’s immune system by destroying cells that fight disease and infection. According […]

Flu Season is Early This Year – Stop the flu!

Get you flu vaccine before the holidays! This year, flu season got an early start compared to the same time last year. At Harris County Public Health (HCPH), we are seeing a higher number of students absent from  school with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat). Texas and the rest of the country are also seeing more activity of flu this year. Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones […]

Harris County Public Health and HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest Announce New Hospital-Linked Violence Interruption Program to Assist Injured Survivors of ViolencE

Pilot Program to Focus on Four Harris County Zip Codes with High Number of Violent Crimes Today, Harris County Public Health (HCPH), through its Community Health and Violence Prevention Services (CHVPS) Division, and HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest is launching a pilot program to assist injured survivors of violence in overall healing from the trauma associated with their injuries. The program also seeks to reduce the number of recurring violence in targeted communities. The Hospital-Linked Violence Interruption Program (HVIP) will initially assist […]

Today’s Diabetes Hits Different: November is American Diabetes Awareness Month

HCPH Encourages Our Community to Take Health Into Their Own Hands November is American Diabetes Month and Harris County Public Health (HCPH) wants to encourage our community to take charge. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Risk factors and complications among individuals with diabetes have increased post-pandemic. According to the CDC, in the United States, more than 37 million […]

COVID-19 Novavax Vaccine Booster Now Available for Individuals 18 and Older

Novavax booster dose option will be available at HCPH sites starting today! Following approvals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), individuals 18 years and older who have completed their COVID-19 primary vaccine series will have the option to receive a COVID-19 Novavax monovalent booster vaccine instead of the updated (bivalent) Pfizer or Moderna booster vaccine at Harris County Public Health (HCPH) vaccination sites. […]

FREE Home Lead Inspections and Removal for Families Who Qualify

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 23-27, 2023  As parents we protect our children by keeping them warm when they are cold, buckling them up in the car, vaccinating them, and feeding them nutritious food.  What about protecting them from things that are not as visible to us?  Signs of lead poisoning may not be obvious, and yet, the harmful health effects could last beyond childhood.  Even very low levels of lead in children’s […]