The rabies vaccine is recommended for travelers who expect to come into contact with dogs and other animals throughout the developing world.
Available at all Away Clinic locations:
Away Clinic is an Arizona-based travel vaccine provider specializing in hard-to-find vaccines and expert medical advice for international travelers. Vaccines are administered by a registered nurse following CDC guidelines.
Where can I get the Rabies Vaccine?
As a travel clinic, we offer the rabies vaccine at all of our locations with prior reservation. Schedule an appointment at your local Away Clinic to get vaccinated. The pre-exposure vaccination series consists of two shots.
The rabies vaccine is recommended for people who work in labs with the rabies virus and travelers who have the potential of working with infected animals. The typical traveler is not recommended to receive the rabies vaccine if they do not intend to interact with animals.
What is the Rabies Vaccine?
The rabies vaccine is an inactivated vaccine that has been available for over a hundred years. It protects people with high risk of exposure to rabies from contracting the virus.
Depending on the level of risk, a traveler may be advised to have antibody titers drawn every two years to assess rabies immunity. Travelers could potentially receive a booster dose based off of the titer results.
What are some of the Rabies Vaccine Side Effects?
Most mild reactions to rabies vaccines include soreness, redness, swelling, or itching at the injection site. After booster doses of the rabies vaccine, some people experience hives, joint pain, or fever. Severe complications after a rabies vaccination are rare.
What is Rabies?
Rabies is a virus transmitted by infected animal saliva or neural tissue. Bites or scratches by an animal infected with rabies are the most common transmission channels. Symptoms can occur days to years after exposure. Some symptoms include delirium, abnormal behavior, hallucinations, fear of water, and difficulty sleeping which precedes coma and death. There is no cure for rabies after infection has been established.
How to Prevent Rabies?
Rabies is best avoided by not interacting with animals during travels and getting vaccinated if a traveler plans on working with potentially infected animals. If someone is exposed to rabies, they should seek medical attention right away. Once symptoms appear, the post-exposure rabies vaccine cannot prevent further complications.