LEXINGTON, Ky. (4/21/14) — Lexington’s traditional low cost rabies vaccination clinic will be held at a new location this spring.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be held 6 - 9 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Douglass Park, 726 Georgetown St. Vaccinations will cost just $3. All cats must be in a carrier, and all dogs must be on leashes. In the event of inclement weather, the clinic date is subject to change. The health department will provide updated information at www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org and on its Twitter account.
Rabies, a viral disease of humans, pets and wild animals, is transmitted from animals to humans by the saliva of a rabid animal, usually from a bite.
The new location not only allows for more room than previous sites, it also allows the health department to reach a different part of Lexington.
“We’ve had great success holding this low cost vaccination clinic downtown, but Douglass Park will allow us to bring public health services to other spots in the community,” said Luke Mathis, Environmental Health team leader and one of the event’s organizers. “We simply got too big for the previous location and faced a lack of parking and some safety concerns for walk-up visitors. Douglass Park gives us plenty of room.”
Rabies vaccinations typically cost about $20. “Pet owners can get a low cost vaccine for their animals, which will protect the pets and the people of Lexington,” Mathis said. “It’s just another way the health department serves the public’s health.”
State law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets maintain a current rabies vaccination. The health department gave 593 rabies shots during the May 2013 clinic. The LFCHD Rabies Control Program received 783 animal bite reports last year, with LFCHD staff making sure each animal was up to date on all rabies vaccination shots.
The clinic also provides pet owners with the opportunity to purchase an animal license, which costs $8 if the animal has been spayed or neutered. A license costs $40 if the animal has not been fixed or the owner has no proof of alteration. Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control, the Lexington Humane Society and the Lexington-Fayette County Division of Parks and Recreation Department are also sponsoring the clinic.For more information on the annual Rabies Clinic, call the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Division of Environmental Health at (859) 231-9791.
Information provided by Lexington-Fayette County Health Department
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