Rabies is an acute viral infection most commonly transmitted through the saliva of infected animals. It causes inflammation of the spinal chord and brain which can be fatal if untreated. Rabies is found worldwide, but areas where prevalence of human infection is high include Asia, Africa and South America. Transmission most commonly occurs through bites from animals e.g. dogs and monkeys.
If you are travelling to an area where rabies is endemic and expect to be exposed to risk of transmission due to travel activities, it is advisable that you book in for the pre-exposure rabies vaccine. This is taken in the form of 3 doses, over a period of 3-4 weeks. A vaccination involving 4 doses over a period of 20-28 days can also be administered if the pre-exposure vaccine has not been received and accelerated protection is required.
If you are travelling to an area where rabies is prevalent it is essential to;
- Check how close you will be to reliable medical attention.
- Avoid contact with animals; domestic or wild. It is particularly important to protect young children who may be more likely to approach an animal.
- If you are bitten by an animal, wash the infected area with iodine if possible, and seek medical attention immediately.
- Rabies Vaccine - £80
- Vaccination Appointment (single vaccine) - £35
- Vaccination Appointment (up to 3 vaccines) - £60
- Full Travel Health Consultation including vaccination administration (30 min) - £120
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