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Why do we need to get vaccinated against rabies?

Why do we need to get vaccinated against rabies?


You should always consider having the rabies vaccination if you are travelling to a part of the world where rabies is endemic.  Rabies is a rare but very serious infection of the brain and nervous system and is found in Asia, Africa and Central and South America.  Many people question whether the rabies vaccine is worth it but rabies is usually almost always fatal once symptoms appear, although treatment in the early stages is very effective.  If you live in Streatham and are looking for the rabies vaccination or the rabies vaccination in Leighton Buzzard then Touchwood Pharmacy offers the rabies vaccine at the best price.

Who is at risk of Rabies?

Rabies is present in many locations in the world, but the people in the region where rabies is endemic, are more at risk as compared to the others regions. Here are some of the possiblitites where you are at risk of getting infected with rabies,viz:-

  • visitors who plan a longer stay, a month or more, and are likely to be in locations where access to appropriate medical care is limited or likely to be delayed
  • Your stay includes activities which put you at more risk of exposure to Rabies such as running or cycling

The best anti-Rabies weapon is the Rabies vaccine which is well worth it because the consequences of infection, whilst remote, are so grave that it simply isn’t a risk worth taking.  Even if you have had the Rabies vaccine, there are other precautions you should take that includes, avoide getting bitten or scratched by an animal and seek urgent medical attention if you are.  The skin has to be broken for Rabies to be transmitted from an infected animal and it cannot be passed between people.

Lots of mainstream pharmacists like Superdrug offer the Rabies vaccine.  Touchwood Pharmacy offers the rabies vaccination in Leighton Buzzard and the rabies vaccination in Streatham plus some useful advice and information about how to keep yourself safe if you are travelling abroad to a location where there is a risk of rabies.  Visit our website to learn more https://www.touchwoodpharmacy.com/