It’s not as widespread in the UK as it used to be, but rabies is still a very dangerous virus. Rabies is one of the most serious diseases you can be infected with because it has a near 100% fatality rate once symptoms begin.
The virus is spread to humans through bites and scratches of an infected animals. The most commonly infected animals are bats, foxes, raccoons, cats, and dogs. Most cases of rabies occur overseas, including many popular tourist destinations. That’s why you should consider getting the vaccine if you’re going to be travelling or working abroad in regions where rabies is more common.
Who should get the rabies vaccine?
The rabies vaccine is not given routinely and is generally not available on the NHS. Most people who want the rabies vaccination will need to get it privately, such as through Touchwood Pharmacy’s rabies vaccination service in Sydenham.
The vaccine is recommended for people who are at a higher risk of exposure to the virus. This includes people who work with animals, who work in laboratories where the virus is handled, and those who are at risk of being bitten by wild animals. People who travel and work in regions where the virus is more common are also at risk of becoming infected, especially if there’s limited access to medical care.
For it to be effective, the vaccine is given in the upper arm as 3 injections over the course of 4 weeks. The second dose is given 7 days after the first and the third is given on day 28. A booster is required a year later with further boosts recommended every 3-5 years if exposure remains a possibility.
Adults and children can receive the vaccine. This includes pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding. The rabies vaccine can also be given to people immediately after being bitten in an effort to stop the virus from taking root.
Rabies Vaccination in Northampton
Anyone who will be travelling to an area where rabies is a risk should get the vaccine. Even if your trip will be a short one, the vaccine is an easy way to ensure that you won’t become infected with rabies. Convenient and affordable appointments for rabies vaccination in Streatham and Northolt are available from Touchwood Pharmacy. We also offer rabies vaccination in Walsall and Ramsgate. Contact us today or book your appointment online.