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Health Department Rabies Clinics coming up in May. Details HERE.

NYS Citizen Preparedness Corps training event at Groton HS April 25th, Registration required. More information HERE (pdf)

Tompkins County seeks qualified candidates for this critical position in county government. Applications accepted through May 17.

The Tompkins County Health Department will be closed today, Noon-4:30PM, for staff development. The answering service will receive phone calls.and will notify staff In case of emergency.

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Rabies Awareness and Upcoming Vaccination Clinics

Friday, September 16, 2016

Rabies is a fatal neurologic disease that may be transmitted to humans from infected raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes, dogs, cats and other mammals. Animal bites are the most common method of transmission, but contact with brain or spinal tissues or fluids can also transmit the disease. Additionally, direct, bare-skin contact with a bat or the presence of a bat in a room with an unattended child, a sleeping person or a person with a sensory impairment is considered a potential exposure to rabies, as bat bites may go undetected. Please report all animal bites (domestic and wild animals) and any of the above incidents to the Tompkins County Health Department at 607-274-6688.

There have been eight confirmed rabid animals in Tompkins County in 2016. Three of these cases involved encounters with family pets, one of which was with a rabid bat inside the home. This is a reminder that people and pets are at risk of exposure to the rabies even when pets are kept indoors.

New York State Public Health Law requires all cats, dogs and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age. Failure to vaccinate puts you and your pet at risk!  Protect your pet. Protect your family.

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) provides FREE rabies clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets. The following fall clinics are offered in 2016:

Newfield               School Bus Garage               Wednesday    September 28
Groton                  Fire Station                            Thursday        September 29
Caroline               Town Highway Garage          Wednesday    October 5
Trumansburg      School Bus Garage               Thursday        October 6
Ithaca                   Central Fire Station               Wednesday     October 12

All Clinics are 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Proof of prior vaccination is required to receive a three year certificate for cats and dogs. If there is no proof of prior vaccination, a one year certificate will be issued. Ferrets must be vaccinated annually.

To find out more, please visit: http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/health/eh/neighborhood/rabies.