Rabies is a worldwide risk, with the exception of Antartica. Whilst generally of medium to high risk, North America, Australia, Europe and Japan are of lower risk.
The infection is typically spread by a bite, scratch or saliva (on open wounds) from an infected animal. Saliva can also spread the infection if it comes into contact with a person’s nose, mouth or eyes. The most common animals which can pass on rabies are bats, cats, dogs and monkeys. Immunizing at-risk people before infection is the most recommended precaution. All rabies vaccines can also be administered soon after exposure (animal bite), and before symptoms develop. Vaccines are not typically effective after the onset of symptoms.
Symptoms generally develop within one to three months but can also occur anywhere between one week or one year after infection. They include loss of consciousness, confusion, difficulty breathing, paralysis or loss of mobility in one or more limbs, a fear of water, unusual excitement or uncoordinated bodily motion. Once symptoms appear, death nearly always follows.
• Course: 3 doses in total. One dose on the 1st, 7th and 28th day.
• When to get vaccinated: At least three weeks before travel or immediately after being bitten by an animal.
• Side effects: Side effects include soreness at the injections site, or more rarely fever nausea or headaches.
• Children: The vaccine is suitable for all age groups, however, we only vaccinate children aged 12 years and older.