Protecting Lexington’s pets: 593 rabies shots given at annual clinic
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) hosted its annual low-cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic May 9 at Third Street Fire Station. LFCHD employees, along with the help of the Lexington Humane Society, helped protect 593 of Lexington’s dogs and cats by giving out rabies shots on the day of the event (460 rabies vaccinations were given at last year’s clinic). Members of the public were lined up with their pets as early as 3:30 p.m., even though the event didn’t begin until 6 p.m. Learn more about LFCHD’s Rabies Control Program by visiting the health department’s website, www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org.
Volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) were on-hand to help staff the event as well. The health department’s Preparedness staff work to support the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and community partners by recruiting and training current or retired physicians, dentists, veterinarians, pharmacists, nurses and others with relevant skills to help in emergencies as volunteers. Events like the Rabies Clinic are the perfect opportunity to engage volunteers and build their skills should they be called on during an emergency response. Learn more about the MRC by clicking here.
Thank you to all employees who sent in pictures of your dogs and/or cats in order to help promote the event. Not only were the pictures shared here on Healthy Times, but they were also used to countdown to the event through a series of posts on LFCHD’s Facebook and Twitter pages. In fact, your pictures helped us receive the most interactions to date on both pages. For example, a single Facebook post on the day of the Rabies Clinic was seen by nearly 1,000 people.