Rabies Clinic - Saturday 11/5, 11AM
Fall 2016 Rabies Vaccination clinics are coming up!
Remember to license and VACCINATE your dogs and cats! MBRHC offers FREE rabies vaccination clinics throughout the year in each of our towns. Residents can attend ANY LOCATION regardless of residence. See below for the Fall 2016 vaccination clinics!
November 5, 2016
South Bound Brook Clinic – 9:00 am – 10:00 am : South Bound Brook Public Works Garage 44 Washington Ave. South Bound Brook 08880
Green Brooks Rabies Clinic –11:00 am – noon Green Brook Fire House 115 Greenbrook Road Green Brook 08812
December 3, 2016
Watchung Rabies Clinic – 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Watchung Fire House 57 Mountain Blvd. Watchung 07069
Bound Brook Clinic – 11:00 am – noon: Bound Brook Town Hall / Police Department 230 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook 08805
Rabies is caused by a virus which can infect both people and animals and it is virtually always fatal. While the majority of rabies cases in the state have been in wild animals such as bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes, cats are also a relatively common victim of rabies. These cases can pose a significant threat to unvaccinated domestic animals, which can contract the virus from wild animals and transmit the infection to humans. Residents are reminded to take these rabies prevention measures:
- Immediately report a bite from a wild or domestic animal to the health department (so post-exposure treatment can begin immediately if needed)
- Immediately report any wild animal showing signs of unusual behavior
- Be sure all family pets and agricultural animals are up to date on their rabies vaccinations
- Animal-proof home and yard
- Do not feed or handle wild animals
- Avoid contact with stray animals or pets other than your own
- Try to prevent your pets from coming into contact with wild animals
- Screen off vents to attics and other areas that could provide shelter
- Call the health department if you find a bat in your home
If you or your animal are involved in an animal bite, contact your local police department immediately. Learn more on the NJDOH rabies ‘frequently asked questions’ information sheet. In addition, the NJ Department of Health recently released updated animal confinement guidelines regarding possible rabies exposure. And please remember also to license your cat or dog! Information for licensing in your town can be found here.