Rabies Vaccine

Get the Rabies Vaccine in Birmingham

Rabies is transmitted to humans normally by a bite or scratch from an infected animal such as a dog. It’s almost always deadly once symptoms start showing. You should consider getting the Rabies Vaccine in Birmingham before you travel abroad to a destination where you may be in contact with wild or domestic animals or before you start a job in the industry of animal welfare.
Human rabies cases are usually not reported, so it is hard to document reliable figures on the incidence across the globe. The disease is reported to cause 59,000 human fatalities every year. It’s rare for travellers to get Rabies, with only 25 human fatalities in the UK from imported Rabies between 1902 and 2005.
Even though rabies cases are not common in travellers, animal bites and scratches are usual. It’s vital that travellers going to regions where Rabies is often reported should be aware of the risk. They should also know what to do if they are bitten or scratched. The disease can be prevented if the correct post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is provided fast enough. PEP is sometimes expensive and hard to get in some areas.

How to prevent yourself from getting Rabies

You should avoid coming in contact with domestic or wild animals during travel. Travellers should also be advised:

Take caution that particular activities like running or cycling may attract dogs.

Please follow the advice below regarding first aid after a possible rabies exposure:

It may be necessary to get a Tetanus vaccine if the traveller is not up-to-date. It’s advisable to postpone suturing of the wound until PEP has started.

Rabies vaccine

Anyone who is at continuous or frequent risk of exposure to Rabies should be provided with the pre-exposure vaccine. Groups in these risk categories include:

Most people travelling to Rabies affected regions are considered to be at ‘infrequent risk’. Pre-exposure vaccines are recommended for people whose activities put them at increased risk.
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