Rabies is a tropical virus that is carried by dogs and other mammals. It spreads to humans when the infected saliva of the dog or other animal enters the body, for example, following a dog bite. From here, the virus enters the peripheral nerves and travels to the central nervous system, including the brain. The resulting inflammation within the brain causes abnormal behaviour, including violent movements, severe fear of water and loss of consciousness. Symptoms take one to three months to appear, but once they have appeared, rabies is almost always fatal. Having the rabies vaccine before you travel is therefore of extreme importance.
Rabies is a neglected tropical disease, affecting all continents except Antarctica. In 2015, over 17,000 people died as a result of the rabies virus with the majority of deaths occurring in Africa. World Rabies Day in September promotes information, prevention and eradication of rabies. In the UK, we are lucky to have access to the rabies vaccine, and choosing to be vaccinated may be the best decision you ever make.
Located on Sydenham Road, our Sydenham Touchwood Pharmacy branch offers a convenient travel clinic that is easy to access. Our accredited vaccine specialists can offer vaccine and medication advice depending on your travel destination following a complete consultation. From hepatitis to Japanese Encephalitis prevention, our experienced staff will tailor their service to your needs. The rabies vaccine costs just £55 per dose, and all of our vaccines are competitively priced. For a full travel service under one roof, look no further than Touchwood Pharmacy in Sydenham.
Call now to book a convenient appointment for your rabies vaccine and other travel advice.