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Dates and Locations

Keep your pet and your family safe this summer by taking advantage of Baltimore County Department of Health's low-cost rabies vaccination clinics. The last of the annual off-site clinics take place May 30 and June 3.

Essex

Saturday, May 30
10 a.m. to noon
Fields at Renaissance Park
99 Stemmers Run Road
Essex, Maryland 21221

Randallstown

Wednesday, June 3
6 to 8 p.m.
Rockdale Park
3326 North Rolling Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21244

Clinic Guidelines

Vaccinations are $8 and available to cats, dogs and ferrets owned by county residents. The clinics will be held rain or shine. Animals receiving rabies shots must be at least 12 weeks old. All animals must be on leashes or in carriers. Due to time constraints, safety and escape risk, uncontrollable animals will not be vaccinated during the clinics. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled. All cats must be contained in a properly sized, escape-proof carrier. Exact change is appreciated, as cash and checks will be the only forms of payment accepted.

Vaccinations protect domestic animals and humans from rabies, which is a potentially fatal disease. Baltimore County law requires pets to be licensed and for rabies vaccinations to be kept up-to-date.

Wild Animals

Other precautions against rabies include obeying leash laws and avoiding contact with wild animals, or unknown domestic animals. If your pet has had contact with a wild animal, notify your veterinarian. Additionally, if you have been bitten or scratched by an animal, seek medical attention.

Bite and scratch exposures from any animal to a human or pet exposure to wildlife are also reportable to the local Health Department, Police Department or Animal Control authority.For more information on preventing and protecting your pet from rabies, contact the Baltimore County Department of Health at 410-887-PAWS (7297) or email animalservices@baltimorecountymd.gov.

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Screening Tests Recommended for Potential Contacts

The Baltimore County Department of Health, in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Baltimore County Public School system is expanding its tuberculosis (TB) investigation within the Catonsville High School community and recommending that an additional 11 people receive a TB screening test from their healthcare provider or at a Department of Health clinic.

While it is very difficult to contract TB through typical school interactions, the Baltimore County Department of Health has mailed letters to this small group of potential contacts strongly recommending that they receive a screening test.

Tuberculosis Symptoms

TB is a disease caused by bacteria that usually affect the lungs. Although this disease is spread from person to person through the air, a person needs to be in close contact for an extended amount of time to become infected. TB in the lungs can cause symptoms such as:

  • A bad cough that lasts longer than two weeks
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs)
  • Weakness or tiredness, weight loss, chills, fever and night sweats

More Information

For more information about this ongoing contact investigation:

Members of the Catonsville High School community, call the Department of Health at 410-887-2711.

For more information on tuberculosis (TB) see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's TB fact sheet.


Identify Ways to Improve Health

The Baltimore County Department of Health is conducting a survey of the community to identify ways to improve health. Valuable information can be learned by surveying leaders, residents of the County, healthcare providers and community groups.

The survey results, combined with statistics and data that the health department currently collects, will provide direction for future initiatives and partnerships.

If you are a Baltimore County resident, please take this brief survey. Your answers will remain anonymous and will help health officials to better understand how you believe the health of Baltimore County can continue to be improved.


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