5 Facts You Need To Know About Rabies

Rabies is a highly deadly virus infection that poses a particular risk to travellers. 

We know firsthand how vital the rabies vaccination is, especially those who visit high-risk countries where rabies is endemic. 

All travellers should be aware of the dangers of contracting rabies – starting with these five facts… 

Fact 1: It’s fatal

Rabies causes death in 99.9% of cases. Fortunately, there are ways to minimise your risks of contracting this deadly infection. 

Fact 2: Humans contact rabies from mammals

The rabies virus comes from mammals, predominantly dogs, but small mammals like bats, coyotes, raccoons, and skunks too. Usually it’s passed via saliva – most commonly from an animal bite. 

Fact 3: There is a vaccine

Thankfully, we humans can get the rabies vaccine to protect us against dying from it. Just three doses and you’re done. 

Fact 4: The vaccine is not administered into your stomach

This is a massive misconception about the rabies vaccine – a complete myth. The vaccine is a standard injection in the arm. 

Fact 5: Certain travellers must have a rabies vaccine 

Those visiting high-risk countries, where rabies is endemic, must get the rabies vaccine. 

We can provide your rabies vaccine

One of our friendly nurses can provide the rabies vaccine and talk to you about minimising your risk of getting infected. 

Watch our short YouTube video. 

Our CEO and specialist immunisation and travel health nurse, Katy Peters tells you everything you need to know.