Rabies Vaccine Information

Rabies is a rare but fatal infection of the brain and nerves. It’s usually caught from the bite or scratch of an infected animal.


Rabies occurs worldwide. Low-risk areas include mainland Europe and the UK, Australia, Japan and North America; travelling almost anywhere else in the world carries a risk of exposure to Rabies.

Signs and Symptoms

The initial symptoms of Rabies will usually develop after 3 to 12 weeks, although they can start sooner or much later than this. Sufferers can experience the following common symptoms:
  • Feeling anxious or generally unwell
  • Fever / High Temperature above 38C
  • Aches and Pains
  • Confusion or aggressive behaviour
  • Seeing or hearing things (Hallucinations)
  • Producing saliva or frothing at the mouth
  • Inability to move (Paralysis)


Rabies is preventable by having a course of 3 injections of the vaccine that will cover against Rabies. It is highly recommended for travellers travelling to high-risk areas who may be exposed to Rabies due to the limited access to post-exposure medical care.
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