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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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Rabies for Health Care Providers

Rabies is an ongoing health concern for anyone who interacts with animals. As a health care provider, you play a key role in communicating the risks of rabies, as well as providing response to suspected rabies exposure.

What to do When Treating Rabies

If you are treating a patient who has a suspected exposure to rabies, the Ministry of Health provides post-exposure vaccine free of charge. We deliver this vaccine to your office or the hospital, as it must be administered in a health care setting.

Please remind patients to report animals bites and scratches by displaying our Reporting Reminder poster in your office.

If you are providing post-exposure prophylaxis, report to Public Health by completing the Scratching/Biting Incident Report.

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Need More Information About Rabies for Health Care Providers?

Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 677.

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Alerts:

1) Our offices are temporarily closed to the public to allow us to respond to COVID-19 demands. However, phone lines remain open. The COVID-19 information line is operating 7 days a week (excluding statutory holidays) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All other program lines are operating Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.