Health

Posted on: January 5, 2017

County Health Department Schedules 2017 Rabies Clinics

“The best way to avoid potential exposure to rabies is to vaccinate your dogs and cats,” said Freeholder Jeff Pierson. An encounter with a potentially rabid animal can be fatal for your pet--particularly if your pet is not currently vaccinated--and puts your family in danger of being exposed to rabies,” he added.  Residents are advised to take precautions when coming into contact with wild animals, particularly raccoons. Rather than approach a wild animal, call your local animal control officer for assistance.

Health Officer, Kevin Thomas stated, “Rabies is a fatal disease in humans and any animal bite should be taken seriously.” The rabies virus is shed in the saliva of animals that are infected with the virus. If an animal bites you, wash the wound, seek medical attention immediately, and notify the Cape May County Department of Health and your municipal animal control agency. If you are exposed to a rabid or suspected rabid animal, you must receive rabies shots as soon as possible to prevent the disease. If your pet has contact with a wild animal, contact your veterinarian and the Department of Health right away.

State law requires all dogs 7 months and older to be licensed with your local municipality and rabies vaccination is a requirement for licensing. Most municipalities also have ordinances for cats. Many municipalities hold free or low-cost rabies vaccination clinics and rabies vaccine is also available from local veterinarians. Upcoming municipal rabies clinics include (call your municipality to confirm):

 

2017 FREE RABIES CLINIC SCHEDULE FOR CAPE MAY COUNTY

 

Cape May City                                              March 07, 2017         4pm - 5pm

Cape May Point, &

West Cape May:

West Cape May Public Works

732 Broadway, West Cape May


Dennis Township:                                        January 28, 2017        1pm - 3pm

Public Works

571 Petersburg Road, Dennisville


Lower Township:                                          April 8, 2017               9am – 11am                       

Public Works

770 Seashore Road, Villas


Middle Township:                                         January 28, 2017        2pm - 3pm

Public Works                                                    May 06, 2017               2pm - 3pm

400 W Mechanic Street, CMCH                  September 23, 2017   2pm - 3pm


North Wildwood                                          March 18, 2017           1pm - 2pm

901 Atlantic Ave

North Wildwood

 

Ocean City:                                                    January 28, 2017     10am – 12noon

5th Street Firehouse

Ocean City

Sea Isle City:                                                  March 4, 2017           9am - 10am                         

Old Public School

4501 Park Rd, Sea Isle City

Stone Harbor:                                                May 20, 2017             2pm - 3pm                         

Stone Harbor Fire House

175 96th Street

Stone Harbor

Upper Township:                                          January 21, 2017       1pm - 3pm

Shore Veterinary Animal Hospital            February 18, 2017     1pm - 3pm

73 Hope Corson Road, Seaville


Woodbine:                                                       March 4, 2017           10am – 12:00noon   

Woodbine Ambulance Building

Dehirsch Ave, Woodbine, NJ


CITY OF WILDWOOD /WEST WILDWOOD                TBA

West Wildwood Public Works/Fire Dept Bldg


For more information on animal rabies, go to: http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/rabies/moreinfo.shtml. To receive information on public health news and local events, “like” the Cape May County Department of Health on Facebook.  Rabies Clinic Schedule is also found on the Cape May County Animal Shelter website  http://capemaycountynj.gov/186/Vaccinations

                                                             

Contact:  Kevin Thomas, Director - Department of Health

 (609)  (609) 463-6690

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