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Post exposure vaccination

Treatment for Rabies

There are times when an animal involved in an exposure (e.g. bite or scratch) cannot be observed for 10-14 days. When this happens, we conduct an assessment and provide recommendations. Rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a combination of rabies immune globulin (RIG) and rabies vaccine that is given to a person to prevent rabies from developing. The PEP is given to a person who has been potentially exposed to the rabies virus through a bite or a scratch from an infected animal. Health care providers do not carry PEP but the health unit will provide it free to them upon request.

Rabies Exposure Client Resources

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis

The health unit DOES NOT provide pre-exposure prophylaxis. A prescription is needed from a health care provider that is filled at a pharmacy.

For more information, please call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 and ask to speak with a public health inspector.

If you have been exposed through a bite or scratch from an animal, you should consult with your health care provider and notify public health. Public health will work with local physicians and provide rabies PEP when it is requested.
It is important to seek advice from your health care provider if you have been potentially exposed to rabies. Previous immunization does not provide lifetime protection against rabies.
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