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> Rabies Clinics Fall 2018

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Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director


Thursday, September 20, 2018

For more information contact: Cynthia Mosher or Skip Parr at 274-6688

Free Fall Rabies Vaccination Clinics

(ITHACA, N.Y., September 20, 2018) — The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) announces its FREE Fall Rabies clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets. The clinics will be held from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM on the following dates and at these locations:

FALL 2018  (Click to download a PDF flyer) All Clinics
7:00–9:00 PM
Town Location Day Date
Newfield School Bus Garage
277 Main St., Newfield, NY
Wednesday Sept 26
Groton Fire Station
108 East Cortland St., Groton, NY
Thursday Sept 27
Caroline Highway Garage
852 Valley Rd., Brooktondale, NY
Wednesday Oct 3
Trumansburg School Bus Garage
100 Whig St., Trumansburg, NY
Thursday Oct 4
Ithaca Central Fire Station
310 W. Green St., Ithaca (enter from the municipal parking lot in the 300-block of W. MLK/ State St.)
Wednesday Oct 10

Pre-registration is available for each clinic by calling the Health Department or online through the TCHD website: Walk-ins will be accepted the day of the clinic on a first come first serve basis.

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.

In 2018, Tompkins County has had 13 confirmed rabid animals including one skunk, one beaver, one woodchuck, three raccoons, four bats and three foxes. This is a reminder that whether indoors or outdoors, people and pets are at risk of contracting rabies. To protect yourself from rabies exposure and to avoid unnecessary treatment, the Health Department reminds everyone to:

  • Report the following incidents to the Tompkins County Health Department at 274-6688:
    • All animal bites.
    • Any human or pet contact with saliva or other potentially infectious material (brain tissue, spinal tissue, or cerebrospinal fluid) of wild animals or any animal suspected of having rabies.
    • All bat bites, scratches, or any mere skin contact with a bat, or a bat in a room with a child, sleeping or impaired person.
  • Call the Health Department prior to releasing a captured bat to determine if rabies testing is necessary.
  • Avoid contact with any unfamiliar cats, dogs, and wild animals.
  • Avoid handling pets or objects that may be contaminated with saliva from a potentially rabid animal without wearing protective gloves. If you have been exposed to saliva, then wash your hands immediately with soap and water.
  • Obtain the name, address and telephone number of the owner when bitten by a cat, dog or ferret.
  • Keep pet vaccinations up-to-date.

More information can be found at: the TCHD rabies info webpage.

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