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Hamilton Co. Health Department announces Rabies vaccination clinics

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The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department encourages all pet owners to get their animals vaccinated against rabies. The Health Department will offer 61 locations (full list below)  around Hamilton County from April 22-30 at the price of $12 per pet. 

“It is heartbreaking to see unvaccinated pets having to be euthanized due to exposure to rabid animals, especially because it is entirely preventable if the vaccination is given before exposure,” said Bonnie Deakins, Director of Environmental Services at the Health Department.

Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. The usual mode of rabies transmission is by the introduction of saliva containing rabies virus into a bite wound. Any mammal, such as raccoons, skunks, foxes, bats, dogs, and cats, can get and transmit rabies. Cattle and humans can also get rabies.  The Health Department credits widespread vaccination programs that prevented any new cases of animal rabies in Hamilton County in 2015. 

The special rabies clinics are scheduled for the following dates. All clinics are from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.:

  • Friday, April 22nd
  • Saturday, April 23rd
  • Wednesday, April 27th
  • Thursday, April 28th (Special Cat Clinics)
  • Friday, April 29th
  • Saturday, April 30th 

For more information about clinic locations, please call the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department at (423) 209-8110. 

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