Knox County Health Department hosting rabies vaccination clinics

Knox County Health Department hosting rabies vaccination clinics

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Health Department is hosting a rabies vaccination clinic for pets on Saturday, May 10.

According to health department officials, rabies, which attacks the brain and spinal column, is almost always fatal in animals and humans. If an unvaccinated pet comes in contact with a rabid animal, it can spread the disease to its human family.

Tennessee and Knox County laws require all dogs and cats 3-months-old or older to be vaccinated against rabies. If untreated, death can occur within days of the onset of symptoms.

All pets must be restrained when brought to the clinics. Dogs should be on a leash and cats in carriers or pillowcases. Pillowcases are preferred because teh vaccine can be administered through the cloth.

Those with aggressive or uncontrollable dogs are advised to leave the pet in the car and ask for assistance at the registration desk.

The clinics will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the following Knox County schools:
  • Anderson Elementary School
  • Bearden High School
  • Bearden Middle School
  • Brickey Elementary School
  • Carter Middle School
  • Cedar Bluff Primary School
  • Chilhowee Elementary School
  • Christenberry Elementary School
  • Copper Ridge Elementary School
  • Gibbs Elementary School
  • Hardin Valley Elementary School
  • Karns Elementary School
  • Mount Olive Elementary School
  • Norwood Elementary School
  • Ritta Elementary School
  • Shannondale Elementary School
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