The rabies clinic planned for tonight in Church Creek is CANCELLED due to a delayed shipment of needed supplies. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Children’s Health

Dorchester County Health Department
Asthma and Lead Poisoning Prevention

The Asthma and Lead Poisoning Prevention program provides environmental case management and in-home education with the aim of reducing the impact of lead poisoning and asthma on low-income children. Education, care coordination, lead testing by appointment (with a current doctor’s order) and home-visiting services available.

Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Amber Bell, RN, at (410) 901-8163.


Asthma is a chronic (long term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.

Asthma causes absence from school, increased medical costs, irreversible lung damage without treatment, and death.

Lead Poisoning 

Lead is a naturally occurring element and can be found in the air, the soil, the water, and even inside of homes. Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their bodies absorb more lead than adults do and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.

Learn more about sources of lead exposure in the home, at school, in products, in drinking water, air, soil, and dust at the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead website

Product Recalls for Lead

Additional Information & Resources:

Dorchester County Health Department
Safe Sleep for Infants

Babies that are put to sleep in an unsafe sleep environment are at risk of dying from a sleep-related death every time they go to sleep. Babies die every year from being placed in adult beds, on couches, in car seats, and other unapproved surfaces when they go to sleep.

These deaths are preventable when parents, grandparents, and other caregivers make sure to put their babies to sleep:

  • Alone
  • On Their Back
  • In a Crib
  • In a Smoke-Free Environment

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that we share our rooms and not our beds until our babies are one year of age. By following these simple steps, we can protect our babies and keep them safe while they sleep.  

DHCD Services: 

  • Safe Sleep training for organizations, childcare centers, or community groups that interact with pregnant women, mothers with infants under 1 year of age, or care for infants under 1 year of age.
  • Individual education and outreach

Educational Materials and Resources for New Parents:

Dorchester County Health Department
Childhood Immunizations

Getting your child vaccinated against common, serious illnesses is one of the best things you can do to make sure your child grows up healthy. We operate a childhood immunizations program that can help you make sure your child is protected. 

Vaccinations are by appointment only. For more information, please contact Ashlea Foxwell, RN, or Michelle Hughes, RN, at 410-228-0235.

Parent-Friendly Vaccine Schedule for Children, Birth through 6 Years:

Parent-Friendly Vaccine Schedule for Preteens and Teens, 7-18 Years: