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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.

Resources

Need More Information About Rabies for Health Care Providers?

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

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

All individuals ≥ 5 yrs of age are eligible to receive a fall COVID-19 booster dose 6 mo after previous COVID-19 vaccine. Bivalent booster doses are available to individuals aged 12 and over.

Appointments can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

For the most up to date information on current provincial guidelines and advice in case of exposure, visit Ontario.ca/page/public-health-measures-and-advice.

The Ministry of Health has launched a new toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.