I got bitten hard(open wound) by a squirrel in Central Park,...

Question: 

I got bitten hard(open wound) by a squirrel in Central Park, Burnaby,while feeding it.It was no agressive, it just mixed up a nut and my finger. Do I need rabies or tetanus vaccine? What could be the price? Not a canadian, a vistor, worring about a high cost

Answer: 

Seek medical care from a health care provider or local public health unit right away. The health unit finder is here. Speak with a nurse anytime by calling HealthlinkBC at 8-1-1. A health care provider will assess the animal's behavior, your immunization history and wound before making recommendations around tetanus or rabies.

  • Read more about wounds and tetanus here
  • In BC only bats carry rabies virus and other animals are rarely infected. Read more about rabies here
  • ImmunizeBC is unable to provide a cost estimate. Travel health clinics and pharmacies sell and provide vaccines. A list of clinics in BC are here

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Date last updated: 
Sunday, Jan 20, 2019