Deadly, but preventable
Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. It is a serious illness that can be fatal if not treated promptly. Although rabies is rare in the UK, it is prevalent in many other parts of the world, particularly in Asia and Africa. If you are planning to travel to these areas, it is essential that you get vaccinated against rabies.
What is Rabies?
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the brain and nervous system. It is typically transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal, most commonly through a bite. The virus can also be transmitted through scratches, licks on broken skin, or exposure of mucous membranes to infected saliva.
The symptoms of rabies typically appear within a few weeks of exposure to the virus. These include fever, headache, muscle weakness, and general malaise. As the disease progresses, symptoms such as anxiety, confusion, and agitation may develop. Eventually, the patient may experience seizures, paralysis, and respiratory failure, leading to death.
Who Should Get Vaccinated?
If you are planning to travel to a part of the world where rabies is prevalent, you should consider getting vaccinated. This includes travellers who are likely to come into contact with animals, such as veterinarians, wildlife workers, and backpackers.
Additionally, individuals who live in areas where rabies is common, such as parts of Africa and Asia, should consider getting vaccinated. This is particularly important if you work with animals or if you spend a lot of time outdoors.
How is the Vaccine Administered?
The rabies vaccine is administered as a series of injections. The vaccine is typically given over a period of three to four weeks, with the first dose given as soon as possible after exposure. If you are planning to travel to a part of the world where rabies is prevalent, it is recommended that you start the vaccine series at least four weeks before your departure date.
At our clinic, we offer the rabies vaccine for those who require it. Our vaccines are administered by GMC registered doctors and we provide a free prescription if required. We also offer pre-travel consultations to help you prepare for your trip, including advice on the appropriate vaccinations.
Rabies is a serious disease that can be fatal if not treated promptly. If you are planning to travel to a part of the world where rabies is prevalent, it is essential that you get vaccinated. At our clinic, we offer the rabies vaccine for those who require it, administered by our GMC registered doctors. Don’t take any chances with your health – get vaccinated before you travel.