Effective Monday, August 31, the current Safer at Home order will be extended for an additional 5 weeks. This includes extending the statewide mask ordinance until Friday, October 2. Read the order here.

Rabies Prevention

Years ago, Jefferson County, Alabama, was unofficially known as the “rabies capital of the world” due to the widespread occurrence of the disease in the domestic dog and cat population. After implementation of an aggressive vaccination program by the Jefferson County Department of Health, rabies is now confined to the occasional wild animal, such as bats, raccoons, skunks or foxes. The Jefferson County Department of Health seeks to work with various agencies to educate the public about rabies laws and the dangers of not vaccinating their pets.

Rabies Exposure

Alabama State Law requires physicians to report all treatment of animal bites to the Health Department. The Community Environmental Protection Division of the Jefferson County Department of Health investigates confirmed reports of animal bites or scratches to determine if there has been any exposure to rabies. Dogs, cats, and ferrets are required to be quarantined and observed by a licensed veterinarian for a period of 10 days from the occurrence of the bite or scratch.

Rabies Vaccination

According to Alabama State Law, every owner of a dog or cat is required to have their animal vaccinated against rabies. The Jefferson County Rabies Officer holds rabies vaccination clinics in every community in the county on a regular basis.

For information concerning the time and location if these clinics in your area:

Thomas Dawkins, DVM
Jefferson County Rabies Officer
(205) 655-3991

Of course, you may also take your pet to any licensed veterinarian to receive a rabies vaccination.

If you have a question concerning rabies prevention or rabies exposures:
(205) 930-1230

Central Health Center
(Guy M. Tate)

1400 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 588-5234

(205) 933-9110
Eastern Health Center
601 West Blvd Roebuck
Birmingham, AL 35206
Programs and Clinics
(205) 588-5234
Western Health Center
631 Bessemer Super Hwy
Midfield, AL 35228
Programs and Clinics
(205) 588-5234
Hours of Operation:
All Centers are open 7:45am to 4:30pm. Phone lines for clinic appointments open at 7:00am Monday through Friday.

If this is a Medical Emergency call 911.
If you are a patient and need to reach your health care team after business hours for non-life threatening conditions, call 205-588-5234. For Medical Emergencies dial 911.

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