NEW! Low-cost rabies shots available May 4
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Valley Park, 2077 Cambridge Drive. Vaccinations will cost just $3. All cats must be in a carrier, and all dogs must be on leashes. In the event of inclement weather, the clinic date is subject to change. The health department will provide updated information at www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org and on its Twitter account at twitter.com/LFCHD.
Rabies, a viral disease of humans, pets and wild animals, is transmitted from animals to humans by the saliva of a rabid animal, usually from a bite.
Rabies vaccinations typically cost about $20, making this clinic a great value to pet owners. “A rabies shots gives protection to the pet as well as its owner and the other people of Lexington, said Luke Mathis, LFCHD Environmental Health team leader and one of the event’s organizers. “We’re pleased to provide this useful public health service as we help Lexington be well.”
State law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets maintain a current rabies vaccination. The health department gave 313 rabies shots during the May 2016 clinic. The LFCHD Rabies Control Program received 711 animal bite reports last year, with LFCHD staff making sure each animal was up to date on all rabies vaccination shots.
The clinic also provides pet owners with the opportunity to purchase an animal license for $8 if the animal has been spayed or neutered. A license costs $40 if the animal has not been fixed or the owner has no proof of alteration. Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control, the Lexington Humane Society, the Lexington-Fayette County Division of Parks and Recreation Department and the Cardinal Valley Park Activity Board are also sponsoring the clinic.
For more information on the annual Rabies Clinic, call the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Division of Environmental Health at (859) 231-9791.
NEW! Needle Exchange program
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s needle-exchange program is expanding hours to 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays at 650 Newtown Pike in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room. The free, anonymous and confidential program is designed to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis in Lexington. Used needles must be brought in to receive clean needles. Click here to find out more about the program.
In addition to free needles, the program will offer testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, educational materials and a safe disposal of dirty needles. Referrals and counseling can be made available for those who test positive for HIV or who are seeking drug treatment or other health and social services. On-site treatment referrals to rehabilitation is available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
NEW! Now offering family planning
Our Public Health Clinic provides family planning services. Services are confidential and are available for uninsured and underinsured. Same day appointments and limited walk-in availability! Clinic hours are Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information call 859-288-2483 option 2.
Presumptive eligibility is a process that offers prenatal care services to pregnant women while their Medicaid applications are pending. The goal is to offer health care to women early in their pregnancies so they stay healthy and have healthy babies.
Family planning offers confidential services to men and women, providing services including birth control, pregnancy testing and counseling, Pap testing, pelvic exams and education and counseling.