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Smarta Healthcare AskMyPharmacist FAQs Rabies Vaccine
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What is rabies?

Rabies is a deadly viral disease that affects the brain and nerves present in many parts of the world. It is caused by the rabies virus, which belongs to the Lyssavirus genus. It is transmitted through contact of the saliva of infected animals, usually through being bitten or scratched by an infected animal. 

Where are rabies destinations?

Rabies is present in most parts of the world, but the risk of exposure varies between regions. The virus is more prevalent in certain countries and areas where domestic and wild animals, such as dogs, bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes, are common carriers of the virus. Here are some regions where rabies is more frequently reported: 

  • Asia: Many countries in Asia, including India, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, have a higher incidence of rabies. Stray dogs are a significant source of transmission in some of these regions. 
  • Africa: Rabies is widespread in several African countries, and exposure often occurs through contact with domestic animals like dogs and wildlife. 
  • Latin America: Countries in Latin America, such as Mexico, Brazil, and some parts of Central America, have reported cases of rabies. Bat species in the region can also carry the virus. 
  • Eastern Europe: Certain countries in Eastern Europe may have a higher prevalence of rabies, and exposure can occur through contact with both domestic and wild animals. 
  • Middle East: Rabies is present in some Middle Eastern countries and contact with infected animals poses a risk. 
  • North America: While rabies is less common in domestic animals in the United States and Canada, cases still occur, particularly in wildlife. Bats are a common source of rabies in North America. 
Where can I get a rabies vaccine in the UK?

Smarta Healthcare offers rabies vaccinations for patients in and around Bedford, Milton Keynes, Luton, Letchworth, Biggleswade, St Neots, Cambridge, Sandy, Hitchin and Huntingdon, or further afield. 

Book an AskMyPharmacist travel health consultation today. 

How much does the rabies vaccine cost?

The rabies vaccination costs £65 per dose. 3 doses over 3-4 weeks are required. 

Discounts are available for families/groups and students.

If you have any questions about required or recommended travel vaccinations, book an AskMyPharmacist travel health consultation at least 4 weeks before your departure date to make sure you’re ready for your trip. 

What is the rabies vaccine schedule?

A rabies vaccine can be administered before you travel and is advised if you are travelling to a country where rabies is considered a risk. A full vaccination course consists of three doses given over 3 to 4 weeks and is used develop antibodies in your blood against the rabies virus. Even with a full course of the rabies vaccination, it is essential seek medical attention immediately following rabies exposure. 

How long does the rabies vaccine last?

Routine booster doses are not recommended for most travellers. A single booster dose of vaccine can be considered, following a risk assessment, in those who have completed a primary course over one year ago and are travelling again to a high risk area. 

How can I protect myself against rabies?

Vaccination is a very important preventive measure against rabies. 

Do not touch animals, even cats and dogs. If you are bitten, scratched, licked on an open wound by an animal, or their saliva has come into contact with your eyes or inside your mouth: 

  1. Wash the area thoroughly with soap and clean water for 10 – 15 minutes
  2. Apply an antiseptic solution such as iodine or alcohol
  3. Seek medical attention immediately 
What are the symptoms of rabies in humans?

The symptoms of rabies can vary, but they often include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and irritability during the initial stages. As the infection progresses, individuals may experience difficulty swallowing, excessive salivation, hallucinations, paralysis, and ultimately death if not treated promptly. 

Seek immediate medical attention if you have been bitten, scratched, or licked on an open wound by an animal. Do not wait until symptoms appear. 

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I visited today for travel vaccines. I had no idea about the whole process as this is my first time. I rang Smarta Healthcare and a lovely lady was very informative and friendly and answered all my questions. I brought my 4 year old with me and the Pharmacist was so friendly and patient and didn’t pressurise me at all (I was worried about not taking all the vaccines as money is tight) but she helped me to make my decisions without judging. My daughter did so well with the injection and I think the lovely calm environment and staff played a big factor in this. Thanks so much
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