Vaccination against rabies is usually carried out as a precautionary measure, in case you are bitten by an animal that might have rabies and medical attention is not available.
Cost: £104 per dose
Information: The rabies vaccination consists of three injections over the course of a month (on days 0, 7 and 28). A Booster dose is required every 2-3 years for those people who continue to be a continual or reoccurring risk of rabies exposure (because of their job, for example). The vaccine is usually only recommended if the potential risk of exposure to rabies is thought to be high and there is limited access to medical care. There is no minimum age for one of the rabies vaccines.
If you are unsure which vaccines you require for an upcoming trip IGP provide a travel telephone consultation with a trained practice Nurse to advise on the vaccine requirements for your upcoming travel. During this appointment the Nurse will conduct a detailed assessment and create a schedule of your required vaccinations.
On booking your travel consultation you will receive an email confirming your appointment details with a link to a 'Travel Risk Assessment Form' that we ask you to completed prior to your appointment.
Time: 10 minutes
Cost: £30 (Discounted from the total cost of any future vaccines administered)
Please note that vaccine cost is the cost per dose to have the vaccine with a nurse and not a GP. There is an additional fee of £25 for the vaccine to be administered by a GP. The number of doses required indicates the number of doses for a standard course. An accelerated course can impact the number of doses required. It is strongly advised that you leave plenty of time to complete the course before your trip. Some vaccination courses, with more than one vaccine required, may take up to a month or longer and many vaccinations will not become fully effective until weeks after the course completion. The brand of vaccine we supply may also vary depending on the current supply status of a particular vaccine.
Rabies is a viral infection that can be contracted from the saliva of a rabies infected or rabid animal. In most cases infection results from a bite but even a lick on an open cut or sore can be enough. Symptoms start with itching and tingling at the site of the healed bite and then rapidly progresses to include headache, fever, spreading paralysis, confusion, aggression and hydrophobia. It may take many weeks or months for symptoms to develop although it usually takes two to eight weeks. Animals may be infectious for five days before they develop symptoms.
The risk to travellers depends on their exposure to infected animals and so travellers visiting tourist resorts are generally at very low risk. Pre-exposure immunisation against rabies is recommended for long-stay travellers/residents and those who intend to travel to rural and remote areas. It is also advised that travellers do not approach or handle animals you don't know, particularly if they are acting strangely.
Rabies causes spasms, extreme thirst, fear of water (hydrophobia), madness and paralysis, and it is almost always fatal.
Rabies is found in animals almost everywhere, but most human cases occur in Asia, Africa, and South and Latin America.
If you cancel your appointment 24 hours before it starts, then you will receive a full refund. However, If you cancel your appointment within the 24-hour period before the appointment is due, then you will be liable to pay the cost of the consultation. If you do need to reschedule please contact us as soon as possible.
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