The Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control Branch will initiate its Oral Rabies Vaccination Program’s 2012 distribution of oral rabies vaccine for wildlife on January 4th. The campaign will distribute approximately 1,851,131 individual vaccine/bait units over South and West-Central Texas during the two week plus undertaking. Target wildlife species include coyotes and gray foxes. Anyone finding one of the vaccine/bait units is encouraged to leave it alone as wildlife can smell the human scent. The vaccine will not hurt pets or livestock if they consume one of the vaccine/bait units; they also can be vaccinated as usual through a veterinarian. You should wash your hands with soap and water if you have skin contact with the liquid portion (vaccine); if you have an immunocompromising health condition, please inform your family physician immediately about your contact with a live vaccine. Contact with a vaccine/bait unit should also be reported to the Zoonosis Control Branch by calling 1-877-722-6725 or 512-776-7255.