The Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control Branch will initiate its Oral Rabies Vaccination Program’s 2014 distribution of oral rabies vaccine for wildlife on January 15th. The campaign will distribute approximately 2.4 million individual vaccine/bait units over South, West-Central and East-Central Texas during approximately three weeks. Target wildlife species include coyotes, gray foxes and skunks. 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; it cannot be used in domestic animals as a substitute for the rabies vaccine administered by 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.