GREENUP, Ky. – Greenup County Health Department (GCHD) is preparing to host a rabies vaccination clinic Saturday, June 11, from 1-4 p.m. The purpose of the clinic is to vaccinate more pets against the deadly disease.
Kentucky law requires all cats, dogs and ferrets over the age of four months to be vaccinated for rabies, according to GCHD. Rabies vaccine will be available for dogs and cats over four months of age.
Cassie Mace, a health educator at the GCHD, said rabies is a disease with catastrophic consequences.
“Rabies is a disease that could have catastrophic consequences in our community. By offering a lower cost option, many cats and dogs will be protected from this fatal disease,” Mace said.
One-year vaccine is $5 and a three-year booster is $15. Dogs can receive a distemper vaccine for $25. Toe nail clipping will also be offered for $10 a dog or $15 dollars for cats. The clinic is open to the public and participants do not have to be a resident of Greenup County.
A rabies tag and certificate will be issued on site as proof of vaccination.
Most humans are exposed to the virus as a result of an encounter with an infected domestic animal, although the majority of rabies cases occur in wildlife, GCHD officials said. Henceforth, keeping pets, particularly cats and dogs, up-to-date on vaccinations, primarily prevents rabies in humans and domestic animals.
“For many people, pets are cherished and loved members of the family,” Mace said. “Speaking with a veterinarian about keeping current with vaccination not only helps to make sure they are free from disease, but also reduces the risk of exposure for all family members.”
For additional information regarding the rabies clinic, please call the GCHD at 606- 473-9838.