Prevention of Zika
Learn how Zika can be prevented.
How to prevent Zika
Currently, there is no vaccine or medicine that protects against or treats Zika virus infection.
You can reduce your risk of getting Zika if you:
- protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times when travelling to Zika-affected countries or areas.
- use condoms correctly if you or your sexual partner have travelled to those countries or areas.
- avoid travel to Zika-affected countries or areas if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. If travel can't be avoided or postponed, strict mosquito bite prevention measures should be followed. This is especially important because of the risk to a developing fetus.
Get advice from a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic at least 6 weeks before you travel.
For the first 6 months after returning to Canada from a Zika-affected country or area, men should:
- postpone semen donations
- always use condoms correctly with any sexual partner, or
- avoid having sex with any sexual partner
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