Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics Offered on September 30th to Help Animal Owners Protect Pets | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics Offered on September 30th to Help Animal Owners Protect Pets

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/September 27, 2017 – The annual low-cost rabies vaccination clinics for cats and dogs will be taking place September 30th, 2017 at various locations throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. At the clinics, rabies vaccine will be offered at the reduced cost of $30 per cat or dog.

The clinics are offered annually through an ongoing partnership between local veterinarians and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. In the 17 years since the clinics started in 1999, these clinics have administered over 75,000 rabies vaccinations to cats and dogs in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

Rabies vaccination is the best way to reduce the occurrence of rabies in pets, as well as prevent the transmission of rabies to humans.

"The goal of these clinics is to make it easier for animal owners to prevent rabies in their pets," says Dave Dodgson, Program Manager for Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. "By keeping pets protected, we also protect people from getting infected with the rabies virus."

Recent confirmed cases of animal rabies in Ontario, shows the importance of remaining vigilant with rabies vaccinations for pets. Rabies is still prevalent in many parts of the world which is why the World Health Organization has declared September 28th as World Rabies Day to help raise awareness about the
importance of vaccination in preventing the spread of this disease.

To protect your pets and your community from the risk of rabies, find a low-cost vaccination clinic near you. Information about the vaccination clinics is available in the Clinics and Classes section of the HPEPH website. For additional information, please contact HPEPH at 613-966-5500.

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Media Contact:

John Cannan, Senior Public Health Inspector
613-966-5500 ext. 275

About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) operates one of 36 health units across Ontario. HPEPH provides dozens of programs and services, along with reliable health information, to a population of approximately 150,000 people in a 7,000 square km catchment area encompassing 17 municipalities. HPEPH's mission is to enable the people in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties to achieve and maintain optimal health through health protection and promotion, as well as disease and injury prevention. For more information, please visit www.hpepublichealth.ca. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.