Vaccine Information and Resources
Rabies and tetanus are common germs that can cause serious, even fatal infections, yet vaccinations are often overlooked. Rabies occurs primarily in wild animals such as skunks, bats, foxes and raccoons, and can spread to domestic livestock and pets. It is most often transmitted to humans through contact with an infected animal’s saliva, for instance from a bite or by licks on broken skin. Those most at risk include veterinarians, laboratory workers, animal control and wildlife workers, spelunkers, trappers and hunters, and travelers (especially children) to areas with elevated risk of exposure to rabies. Rabies vaccinations are highly effective at preventing infection, and may be given before or after potential exposure, based on individual risk.
Tetanus infection can occur when wounds become contaminated with soil or animal/human feces. Primary immunization (usually in childhood) followed by a booster shot every 10 years is recommended for all Canadians. Immunization can help protect you and your family against these potentially dangerous infections. Learn more about vaccines for rabies, tetanus and tuberculosis, and where you can find an immunization clinic near you.
Rabies Disease, Vaccine and Travel Information - Canada
Rabies is a viral infection that is transmitted to humans through close contact with the saliva of an infected animal, most often by a bite or scratch, or by licks on broken skin or mucous membranes, such as the eyes, nose or mouth. Here you will find information on the rabies disease and vaccine provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Tetanus Vaccine and Disease Information - Canada
Tetanus is an acute and often fatal disease caused by an extremely potent neurotoxin produced by Clostridium tetani. Here you will find information on the tetanus vaccine and disease provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Questions & Answers about Vaccination - Canada
Public Health Agency of Canada answers questions about vaccination, with an emphasis on vaccine safety.