I live in Toronto, Canada. Homeless looking guy with a pitbull bit my hand and it's infected. I'm on an IV antibiotics program where I have to go in daily for the treatment. Initially a doctor was to order rabies vaccine from the public health board, however the ER doctor said that I don't need to have it, as there has been no rabies cases with dogs in the Toronto area over since the 70s. He also said being that the dog was on a leash, chances are the dog does not have rabies or it would have been running rabid. So he recommended not to get it as the risk/reward isn't worth the side effects.
I wouldn't worry about it either - Rabies is pretty rare in a urban setting - especially Toronto. The ER docs have to stay up to date with the statistics, and if he wasn't worried about rabies, then I wouldn't be either. It's apparently quite the ordeal, and I'm sure that if the doc thought it was needed, you'd get one right there in the emerg. :-)
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