Rabies Vaccinations in London
Travelling to Africa, Asia, or Central America? Protect yourself against Rabies.
Rabies – The Facts
Rabies is an acute viral infection that causes inflammation of the spinal cord and the brain (encephalomyelitis).
- Rabies if contracted and untreated is 99.9% fatal
- Children, long stay, remote travellers with a lack of access to medical care are most at risk.
- You can be vaccinated against rabies over a 1-3-week period. All you need is 3 doses before you travel.
- A safe and effective vaccine is available to aid protection against rabies. A course of 3 Rabies Intradermal (ID) courses from as little as £45 a dose.
There is no cure for Rabies, symptoms are indicative of certain death.
Human rabies transmission is estimated to cause 59,000 human deaths annually Children are at particular risk – approximately 40 percent of all people bitten by suspected rabid animals are children under 15-year-old
What happens if you do come into contact with an animal and their saliva?
Seek Medical Help as Soon as Possible!
- Wash or irrigate the area of contact immediately with soap and water.
- No Pre-exposure Vaccines…Seek medical help immediately as you may require several vaccinations as soon as possible (within 24 hours). You may also need rabies immunoglobulin, which is hard to source. In addition, it is a blood derivative.
- If you have had 3 pre- exposure vaccines… After any future potential rabies exposure medical attention must be sought to have 2 further booster doses of vaccine as soon as possible or within 48 hours, to ensure that antibody levels are sufficiently high to prevent infection developing.
Those who have been vaccinated will develop antibodies in their blood against rabies virus.
Rabies is present on all continents, except Antarctica, with over 95 percent of human deaths occurring in the Asia and Africa regions.
Regardless of whether you are vaccinated or not, you must present to a health care facility if you are bitten by a mammal in an endemic country
Dose & Price
The vaccination requires three doses and costs £66 per dose.
Common side effects usually occur on the day and include:
• Flu-like symptoms.
Suggested Additional Vaccinations
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Meet the Team
Dr Elizabeth Tuckey
Dr Elizabeth Tuckey
Melia Lilembo Mazamba