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Rabies Vaccination

For rabies once clinical symptoms appear, the disease almost always causes death. Rabies has an approximately 100% mortality rate. Recent cases have been due to bat exposures in Canada but any mammal can be a carrier of Rabies.  Any bite or scratch from any mammal should be considered as potential exposure to rabies due to the seriousness of the disease. In other countries, animals such as dogs are many carriers of rabies. 

Rabies Symptoms

After being exposed to rabies, the virus must travel to the brain before symptoms appear. This period is called the incubation period, which can last for weeks to months and varies based on the exposure site, the type of rabies virus, and any existing immunity. The initial symptoms of rabies, such as weakness, fever, and headache, may resemble the flu. Subsequently, symptoms progress to cerebral dysfunction, anxiety, confusion, and agitation. As the disease advances, the person may experience delirium, abnormal behavior, hallucinations, hydrophobia (fear of water), and insomnia. The acute phase of the disease typically ends after 2 to 10 days. Once clinical signs of rabies manifest, the disease is almost always fatal, and treatment is generally supportive. Human survival from clinical rabies is rare, with less than 20 documented cases, and only a few survivors had no history of pre- or post exposure prophylaxis. The incubation period for rabies is typically 2-3 months but may vary from 1 week to 1 year, depending on various factors.

Get Protected

Why get vaccinated for rabies prior to travel? Getting the rabies vaccine prior to your trip simplifies what you need to do if you have rabies exposure while traveling. If you are unvaccinated and you have exposure you need to get a vaccine series as well as immunoglobulin and immunoglobulin can be hard to find. Sometimes to find immunoglobulin it even involves a flight out of the country (make sure you have medical evacuation as part of your travel insurance). However, if you have the prophylactic rabies vaccine series prior to traveling and you have an exposure to rabies you just need two additional vaccines on the day you have exposure and another on 3 days later. The vaccine is much easier to find than immunoglobulin. 

Our pharmacy offers professional and convenient vaccination services to help you stay protected. Whether you’re planning a trip abroad or have been exposed to a potentially rabid animal, our team is here to assist you. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Book your appointment with us today and ensure your peace of mind. Your health is our priority. 

If you have an upcoming appointment, please fill out the Pre-Appointment form at least 48 hours before the appointment.  

Mint Health + Drugs Allendale

#100, 6720 104 Street NW Edmonton, AB

(780) 761-3011


Mint Health + Drugs Meridian 

Suite 2, 4402 37 Street, Stony Plain, AB

(780) 963-9792


Mint Health + Drugs Sherwood

#109, 65 Chippewa Road, Sherwood Park, AB

(780) 467-9839


Mint Health + Drugs Blue Bottle

148 17 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 1L6

(403) 276-3364

Mint Health + Drugs Langdon 

#107, 355 Centre Street, Langdon, AB

(403) 936-0448

Mint Health + Drugs Crystal Ridge

Unit 5, 55 Wheatland Trail, Strathmore, AB

(403) 901-2244

Mint Health + Drugs Sterling

Suite 106, 11601 101 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB

(587) 299-9555

Travel Clinic Locations

If you have an upcoming appointment, please fill out the Pre-Appointment form at least 48 hours before the appointment.

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