The Frederick County Health Department (FCHD) announces the schedule for their 2013 Fall Animal Rabies Vaccination Clinics:
*Tuesday, September 10th at Thurmont Community Park, located in Thurmont across from 10 Frederick Road, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
*Thursday, September 12th at Ballenger Creek Park, located on Ballenger Creek Pike, in Frederick, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
All clinics will be held rain or shine on a walk-in basis. Each vaccination is $8.00 payable by cash or check only. All dogs, cats, and ferrets are welcome and, for the safety and comfort of all, need to be contained, leashed, or in a carrier.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 55,000 people die of rabies every year, mostly in Asia and Africa. Forty percent (40%) of people who are bitten by suspect rabid animals are children under 15 years of age. In 2012 Frederick County had 36 animals test positive for the rabies virus. So far in 2013, Frederick County has had 26 animals test positive for the rabies virus which included; raccoons, skunks, foxes, cats, a groundhog, and an opossum. In 2013 Maryland had the first confirmed death of a Maryland resident from rabies since 1976. George Keller, Director of FCHD's Environmental Health Services, reminds the public that "the best protection against rabies is to have your pets vaccinated and to avoid physical contact with wild animals, strays, and other people's pets."