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Rabies

Rabies is a viral disease that almost always results in death. The rabies virus is usually transmitted in the saliva of an infected animal, through a bite or scratch wound. The animals in Canada most often proven rabid are wild terrestrial carnivores (e.g. raccoons, skunks, and foxes), bats, cattle and stray dogs and cats. Keeping your pet(s) vaccinated is the best means of creating a protective barrier between wildlife and humans.

All dogs, cats and ferrets over three months of age in Ontario must be immunized against rabies and re-immunized in accordance with the certificate of immunization issued. All horses, cattle and sheep intended to come into direct contact with members of the public must be immunized against rabies. Individuals seeking rabies vaccination for their animals should contact their veterinarian.

If you have been exposed to a rabid, or suspected rabid, animal:

  • Immediately and thoroughly clean and flush (for 15 minutes) the wound with soap and water. This step is probably the most effective procedure in the prevention of rabies.
  • Contact your primary health care provider, as soon as possible, who may recommend post exposure prophylaxis (PEP).
  • PEP may be delayed or discontinued if either the animal is available for observation (i.e. 10-day isolation period) or post-mortem tests indicate the animal is rabies free.
  • Always report an animal bite or scratching incident to your local Public Health unit.

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

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

On Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario moved to Step 3  of the the Roadmap to Reopen. We must all continue to follow the public health measures, advice and restrictions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people in Step 3, and distancing must be maintained. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 10 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.