The key to gaining protection against rabies and using the rabies vaccination effectively is understanding the disease and how the vaccination works. If you are looking for the rabies vaccination in Hanwell and the rabies vaccination in Bromley then contact Touchwood Pharmacy’s travel clinic for more information.
What is rabies?
Rabies is a rare but potentially deadly infection of the brain and central nervous system. Rabies is caught from the bite or scratch of an infected animal and is endemic in Africa, Asia and Central and South America. In unvaccinated people who do not receive any form of treatment, rabies is invariably fatal once the symptoms present.
Using the rabies vaccine more effectively
Some people don’t consider themselves at risk of catching rabies but you should have the rabies vaccine if you are travelling to a part of the world where rabies is common and you are at heightened risk. This includes visitors who are planning on staying for a month or more and/or staying or travelling in rural areas where access to good medical treatment is likely to be slow. This may also apply if you are at increased risk of exposure to animals so if you are camping or taking part in outdoor activities such as running and cycling.
Even if you have received the rabies vaccination, you should not consider yourself immune and try to avoid coming into contact with the disease. You must always seek medical advice if you have been bitten or scratched by an infected animal even if you have had the rabies vaccine.
You may need to have the rabies vaccination more than once depending on when you last had the shot and what your travel plans are. This has to do with how to use the vaccine safely in order to give you adequate protection. You should have three doses of the vaccine over a period of 28 days. Immunity is not lifelong so you will need a booster dose every six months to two years if you have high-risk exposure to rabies.
Touchwood Pharmacy offers the rabies vaccination in Hanwell and the rabies vaccination in Bromley at our travel vaccination clinic plus lots of helpful advice and information about how to keep yourself safe from rabies. Our website explains more. https://www.touchwoodpharmacy.com/