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Do your part to control rabies

Oct 04, 2021
SIMCOE COUNTY – The annual series of low-cost rabies clinics are now open across Simcoe County.

SIMCOE COUNTY – The annual series of low-cost rabies clinics are now open across Simcoe County. The clinics provide an affordable way to get rabies shots for dogs and cats over three months old. You can find the dates and locations most convenient for you at smdhu.org/rabiesclinics.

Rabies is a fatal disease that can spread to humans through the bites or scratches of an infected animal. In 2020, health unit staff investigated 1,515 animal exposure incidents. Many of the investigations resulted in rabies vaccine for people as a precaution.

The good news is that rabies is preventable, and the best way to protect yourself and your family is to have your pets vaccinated and avoid contact with wild or stray animals. Even indoor pets need the vaccine for protection against rabies. Vaccinating your pet is not just a way to keep them healthy - it's the law in Ontario.

For more information about animal exposures and rabies or to find a clinic near you, visit smdhu.org/rabiesclinics or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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