Susan Buckley, RN, Director, Public Health
Ira Singh, MPH, Deputy Director
Donald I. Baird, MD, Health Officer

Division of Environmental Health


Date Released: 5/10/2007
Subject: Annual Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics for 2007
Contact: Robert Hipp, Vector Control Program
Phone: (707) 445-6215

The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Environmental Health Division is informing pet owners of low cost rabies vaccination clinics sponsored by the Humboldt Del Norte Veterinary Medical Association. Immunization of our pets is a significant preventative measure for the control of rabies. Since 1954, when the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory began testing for rabies, 343 animals have tested positive including 159 skunks, 75 foxes, 49 bats, 34 cows, 13 cats, 6 dogs, 5 horses, 1 opossum, and 1 bobcat. The Humboldt County Public Health Branch tests over 70 animals each year. These tests are performed because there has been contact between a potentially rabid animal and a pet or a person. Extraordinarily, in 2003, seventeen submitted animals tested positive for rabies in Humboldt County. This was the highest number in the state for 2003, and resulted in forty-three people being treated by a physician for exposure to rabies. In the year 2006 there were five positive animals including 4 bats, and 1 fox. Skunks and bats are the reservoir for rabies in California. For the current year 2007 to this date sixteen animal specimens have been submitted for testing with no positives animal rabies test results.

If an unvaccinated pet (dog or cat) comes in contact with a rabid or suspected rabid animal, the owner has two options:

1. Confine the pet in a “no touch” double enclosure for six months to determine if the pet is infected with rabies
2. Euthanasia

The Environmental Health Division fields calls on a weekly basis from concerned people that have had contact with unvaccinated pets or have unvaccinated pets that have had contact with a potentially rabid animal.

Rabies is a frightening disease. The anguish caused from contact between a person/unvaccinated pet or, an unvaccinated pet/possible rabid animal is entirely avoidable. Vaccinate your pets and keep them current on vaccinations. Consult with your veterinarian on the frequency for re-vaccination.

If cost has been the reason for not having your pets vaccinated, the low cost rabies county-wide vaccination clinics sponsored by the Humboldt-Del Norte Veterinary Medical Association could be your answer. The Humboldt-Del Norte Veterinary Medical Association offers these low cost rabies vaccination clinics as a public service. These clinics will be vaccinating both dogs and cats at the cost of $6.00 per rabies vaccination. Other canine and feline vaccines will be available. The costs of these vaccines will vary with the clinic.

If you have any question about the clinics, please contact the Association at (707) 445-0877. Questions about rabies should be directed to the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Health Division. You may also call the main desk number at (707) 445-6215 or toll free at 1-800-963-9241. Call the main desk for urgent calls regarding testing or confinement of pets. Report animal bites to the animal control agency for your jurisdiction.

The following is a list of scheduled vaccination clinics over the next several weeks:

Clinic Schedule

Saturday, May 12 Redwood Animal Hospital
11 am - 12 noon

Saturday, May 12 Myrtle Avenue Veterinary Hospital 12 noon - 1 pm

Saturday, May 19 Mad River Community Center(Services provided by Animal Health & Surgery Center)
9 am - 10:30 am

Saturday, May 19 McKinleyville Animal Care Center 2 pm - 3pm

Saturday, May 26 Paradise Animal Clinic – Willow Creek 12:30 pm - finish

Wednesday, May 26 Animal Medical Center
11 am - 12 noon

Wednesday, May 30 Petrolia @ Mattole Grange(Services provided by Ferndale Veterinary)
10 am - 12 noon

Wednesday, May 30 Eureka Veterinary Hospital
9 am - 12 noon

Saturday, June 2 Ferndale Veterinary
10 am - 12 noon

Saturday, June 9 Garberville/Redway Veterinary Group 2 pm - 3 pm

Saturday, June 9 Rio Dell City Hall(Services provided by Animal Health and Surgery Center)
10 am - 11 am

Saturday, June 9 Arcata Animal Hospital
11:30 am - 12:30

Friday, June 15 Fortuna Veterinary Clinic
9 am - 11 am

Saturday, June 16 Cutten Animal Health Center
9 am - 12 noon


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