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Knox County Health Department Schedules Rabies Clinics

News release from Knox County Health Department  For more information, contact Katharine Killen at the KCHD at 215-5534 or 755-1121

Knoxville, Tenn. The Knox County Health Department and the Knoxville Veterinarian Medical Association will offer rabies vaccinations for only $10 on Saturdays, May 4 and 11 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at 34 Knox County Schools.


Rabies is almost always fatal in animals and humans, which is why rabies vaccination is a public health priority, said Martha Buchanan, MD, Knox County Health Department director. When an unvaccinated pet comes in contact with a rabid animal, it can spread the disease to its human family.


Tennessee and Knox County laws require all dogs and cats three months of age and older to be vaccinated against rabies, a virus that attacks the brain and spinal column. If untreated, death can occur within days of the onset of symptoms. The best way to prevent rabies is to make sure pets get vaccinated and avoid contact with stray or wild animals. Its also important to vaccinate indoor pets, who can accidentally encounter wild animals such as bats.


At the vaccination clinics, all pets must be restrained. Dogs should be on a leash, and cats should be in carriers or pillowcases (a pillowcase is preferred because the vaccine can be administered through the cloth). People with aggressive, unruly or uncontrollable dogs are advised to leave the pet in the car and ask for assistance at the registration desk.


Rabies Clinic Locations:



May 4, 2013

Austin East High

May 11, 2013

Anderson Elementary

Ball Camp Elementary

Bearden High

Beaumont Elementary

Brickey Elementary

Belle Morris Elementary

Carter Middle

Blue Grass Elementary

Cedar Bluff Primary

Dogwood Elementary

Chilhowee Elementary

East Knox Elementary

Christenberry Elementary

Farragut High

Copper Ridge Elementary

Gresham Middle

Gibbs Elementary

Halls Elementary

Hardin Valley Elementary

Inskip Elementary

Karns Elementary

New Hopewell Elementary

Mount Olive Elementary

Northwest Middle

Norwood Elementary

Powell High

Ritta Elementary

Rocky Hill Elementary

Shannondale Elementary

South Doyle High

West Hills Elementary

Sunnyview Elementary


West High



About Knox County Health Department:

The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is a governmental agency dedicated to making every person a healthy person. KCHD wants to encourage, promote and assure the development of an active, healthy community through innovative public health practices. For more information, visit




Posted: 04-18-13 Viewed: 46817 times

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College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee
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