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Rabies Immunization Clinics
(From 04/15/98 Press Release by the Chester County Health Department)
Dr. John P. Maher, County Health Director, announced today that the Chester County Health Department, in conjunction with a number of area veterinarians and with the support of the Chester County Medical Society, is again co-sponsoring a day of low-cost rabies immunization clinics for cats and dogs on Saturday, May 2, 1998. The Health Department is urging residents to take advantage of these low cost rabies immunization clinics being held throughout the County on tat Saturday. Pet owners of course can phone the clinic of their choice for times and pricing; however, no participating clinic will be exceed a fee of $10.00 per animal for this service.
Dr. Maher explained that by offering several locations from which to choose throughout the County, it is hoped that many more residents will be able to take advantage of this opportunity. He also noted that while several veterinarians in the County are cooperating with the Health Department by offering these Rabies Clinics to pet owners on this particular day, many other veterinarian facilities are offering their own rabies shots programs, both before and after the May 2nd date.
Due to the continuing presence of rabies in Chester County, it is extremely important to protect your animals and hence yourself and family members. "We have had animal rabies in Chester County since late 1987 and it is still with us", Dr. Maher noted. While the number of confirmed cases averages about 20 to 25 per year now, Dr. Maher added that people should not be lulled into a false sense of security by the low number. In 1977 Chester County had 16 cases affecting 5 different animal species. This year we have already found rabies in a racoon and a cat. Also, he noted that the animal "biting season" is still just beginning this year, yet the Health Department has already responded to 137 animal bite reports between January and March of this year.
"Our primary goal is to protect the health of our citizens", Dr. Maher said, "but we have to do that basically by placing a wall of immunity between the people and the wildlife. That protective wall can only be effective if people's dogs and cats are properly immunized and up-to-date".
Dr. Maher urges all pet owners to be responsible for the health of their pets by obeying leash and control ordinances and getting proper veterinary health supervision for their animals. He also asks parents to instruct their children to stay away from all wild and stray animals, no matter how cute and cuddly they may appear. "It is better to be safe than sorry!"
A number of cooperating facilities are participating in the May 2nd immunization clinics. No clinic will exceed a fee of $10 per animal, and they ask that you bring proof of previous vaccination if applicable. All dogs should be on a leash and cats in a carrier. The immunizations will be held at the following locations convenient to Charlestown residents: (for other locations click here.)
|Berwyn Veterinary Center
1058 Lancaster Avenue, Berwyn
640-9188 (9:00 - 11:00 am)
|Colebrook Manor Animal Hospital
637 W. Lincoln Highway, Exton
269-0255 (1:00 - 3:00 pm)
|East Goshen Veterinary Hospital
1506 Paoli Pike
Goshen Village Shopping Center
696-3303 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm)
|Ludwig's Corner Veterinary Hospital
298 Blackhorse Road, Chester Springs
458-8567 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm)
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