Rabies is a disease caused by the rabies virus. It may take several weeks or even a few years for people to show symptoms after getting infected with rabies, but usually people start to show signs of the disease 1 to 3 months after the virus infects them. The early signs of rabies can be fever or headache, but this changes quickly to nervous system signs, such as confusion, sleepiness, or agitation. Once someone with rabies infection starts having these symptoms, that person usually does not survive. This is why it is very important to talk to your doctor or health care provider right away if any animal bites you, especially a wild animal (from the Centers for Disease Control).


Rabies Vaccinations

Rabies vaccinations can be obtained at your local veterinarian or at Iredell County Animal Services and Control. Iredell County Animal Services and Control hosts a rabies vaccination clinic every month and you are invited to attend with your dog, cat or ferret.
  • When: Second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Where: Iredell County Animal Services and Control
  • 430 Bristol Dr.
  • Statesville, NC 28677
  • Cost: $6. Proof of prior vaccination is required to receive a 3-year vaccination.

*Iredell County Health Department does not offer rabies post-exposure prophylaxis*

Vaccine Boosters

Boost after a bite or fight!  A rabies vaccine booster is needed within 5 days after a possible exposure to rabies, even if a pet is fully vaccinated. Possible exposures include playing, fighting, or any contact with a stray (dog or cat) or wild animal (raccoon, skink, fox, opossum, etc.). Failure to obtain the booster vaccination within 5 days can result in the exposed animal being euthanized or quarantined for 6 months at the owner’s expense.

For more information on rabies vaccinations or to report a stray animal, call Iredell County Animal Services and Control. Also, see our rabies booster brochure (PDF).

1-Year Vaccinations

One year vaccines are offered for a fee of $10, Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information on rabies vaccinations, or to report a stray animal, call Animal Services and Control.

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