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Rabies Vaccinations in London

Travelling to Africa, Asia, or Central America? Protect yourself against Rabies.

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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.

Risk Areas

Rabies is present on all continents, except Antarctica, with over 95 percent of human deaths occurring in the Asia and Africa regions.

Get Vaccinated & Travel Safely



Via intradermal or intramuscular injection, we use all supplies of rabies vaccine (rabies BP and verorab)


There are two courses consisting of 3 vaccinations, the accelerated day 0, 3, 7 and 12 months and the regular schedule of day 0, 7, 21 or 28.

Length of Protection

For most travellers, no booster is required after the initial schedule is complete.

Special Instructions

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.

Side Effects

Common side effects usually occur on the day and include:
• Pain
• Redness
• Inflammation
• Flu-like symptoms.

Suggested Additional Vaccinations

Chicken Pox




How soon before travelling should I should I contact you?
It is best to come and see us at least four weeks before you travel, especially if you need injections against Rabies, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis or Cholera. But if you just need a booster, 2 weeks (14 days) before you travel is fine.

What if I’m travelling last minute?
We recommend you come and see us, even if you’ve left it as late as a day before you travel. We can still vaccinate you and we’ll also provide important health advice as well as Malaria Tablets if you need them.
Does immunisation hurt?
Not all vaccinations are delivered by needle. But whenever they are, we bring all our considerable expertise into play to make sure it hurts as little as possible. Modern needles are so fine they hurt a lot less than the old fashioned versions used to. You shouldn’t feel anything worse than a sharp prick.
What if I have an abnormal reaction?
We don’t just vaccinate you and abandon you! If you don’t feel well afterwards or experience an abnormal reaction, phone us or come straight back in and we’ll check you out.
Do you provide vaccination certificates?
We provide certificates for Meningitis and Yellow Fever Vaccinations. Certificates are essential visa requirement for travellers to certain countries in South America and Africa.
Will I get a vaccination record card?
Yes, and it’ll act as a record of the vaccinations you’ve been given. The cards include information about how long the vaccination is effective and your booster dates. If you already have a vaccination record card, bring it to your consultation so we can check your immunisation history.
Do you provide post exposure vaccination service, treatment and advice ?
Yes, we can provide rabies vaccination if you are returning from overseas having been bitten. Please contact us for information or book an appointment as soon as you return.

Meet the Team

Dr Elizabeth Tuckey

MBBS, BA Philosophy

Kami Soltysik

Travel Nurse
BSc Nursing

Katy Peters

Clinical Director
BN (Hons), DipTM (LSHTM), Dip TM, MFTM

Dr Elizabeth Tuckey

MBBS, BA Philosophy

Kami Soltysik

Travel Nurse
BSc Nursing

Katy Peters

Clinical Director
BN (Hons), DipTM (LSHTM), Dip TM, MFTM


“Quick, friendly, and professional! I also loved the fact that the specialist gave me pricing options (as I had to take a few vaccines at once) and could answer all of my questions.”

Melia Lilembo Mazamba

“Quick, reliable, and well priced immunisation service. Highly recommend!”
Alex Karroum
“Good service – put my mind at ease. The nurse was very good and very knowledgeable so could answer all of my queries. Overall, very easy, quick, and friendly process. Would recommend.”