Do I need the Rabies Vaccine?
The Rabies vaccine may be recommended for travellers going to areas where they will be in contact with live animals, and where there is poor access to health care. See map below.
Rabies is transmitted from the saliva of animals infected with the Lyssavirus virus, most often through licks, bites or scratches. The virus attacks the central nervous system. Most early symptoms (fever, headache, and fatigue occur within 1 to 3 months of exposure, though it may take longer for early symptoms to appear. Acute symptoms occur soon after. There is no effective treatment for Rabies.
Seek treatment immediately if you think you have been exposed to Rabies. If you haven’t been vaccinated and you think you may have been exposed to the Rabies virus, seek treatment right away as post-exposure vaccines must be administered as soon as possible.
World Health Organization – Rabies, countries or areas at risk
Vaccine Name: Imovax
- Imovax Product Monograph (PDF Download)
- Product monographs are available on this website for information purposes only and are Canada-specific, as provided by the vaccine manufacturers. Please consult a health professional for more information.