Blister packs like these containing rabies vaccine will be dropped across many Vermont counties this week. (USDA Photo)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is using the planes to drop a rabies vaccine the department hopes will help fight the disease. The effort is tentatively scheduled to start today. Drops will also be occurring in New Hampshire, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. According to the department, the vaccine packets containing the drug, which are slightly larger than a quarter, are coated with a sweet substance that includes vegetable-based fats, wax, icing sugar, vegetable oil, artificial marshmallow flavor and dark-green food-grade dye.