While jogging August 11, I was hit by something in the park,...

Question: 

While jogging August 11, I was hit by something in the park, perhaps a bat. My wife suggested I find out about rabies immunization. Can you advise best next steps?

Answer: 

If there is any chance that you may have been exposed to the rabies virus, it is advised that you contact your local public health unit or health care provider right away. They will be able to decide if you need rabies prevention treatment. It is crucial to begin prevention treatment for rabies as soon as possible.

You can get the rabies for post-exposure prophylaxis  (preventative treatment after potential exposure to the virus) at your local public health unit. You can find the contact information for your local public health unit here: http://immunizebc.ca/finder

For more information about rabies and the vaccine, see the following: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile07.stm.

Date last updated: 
Thursday, Aug 25, 2016
Date last reviewed: 
Wednesday, Nov 01, 2017