LARGO, MD – The Prince George’s County Health Department is encouraging all residents to review their dog, cat and ferret vaccination records to ensure their rabies immunizations are up-to-date!
Rabies is a fatal disease. The state law requires that all cats, dogs and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies by four (4) months of age, and be kept current.
“The best way to protect your family and your pet is to keep your pet’s rabies vaccination up-to-date. Therefore, the Prince George’s County Health Department is pleased to offer low cost rabies vaccinations to all Prince George’s County residents,” said Acting Health Officer Pamela B Creekmur. “Rabies continues to be a real threat in our community and the Health Department wants every dog, cat, and ferret to have their required rabies vaccinations.”
Low-cost rabies vaccination clinics will be held on April 28, 2012, May 12, 2012 and June 2, 2012. The cost for each vaccination will be $10.00 (Please bring exact change).
The clinics will be held:
April 28, 2012
Isaac J. Gourdine Middle School
8700 Allentown Road
May 12, 2012
Greenbelt Community Center
15 Crescent Road
June 2, 2012
Bowie High School
15200 Annapolis Road
If more information is needed, please call 301-583-3782 (TTY/STS Dial 711).
To prevent people from being exposed to rabies, be sure to follow these tips:
· Make sure your pet always has an up-to-date rabies vaccination.
· Confine your cats, dogs, and ferrets to your home or yard and always walk them on a leash.
· Avoid contact with any wild or stray animals. Warn your children not to play with or approach any unfamiliar animals, even if they appear friendly.
· Make your house and yard unattractive to wild animals. Keep garbage in tightly closed trash cans. Feed your pets inside. Seal off any openings around your house.
· If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound immediately with plenty of soap and water and contact your doctor.
· Report all animal to human exposures to your local Police Department.
For more information about rabies, go to:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Prince George’s County Health Department, Division of Epidemiology, Communicable and Vector-Borne Disease Control Program