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Rabies is an acute viral encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain). People are usually infected from the bite or scratch of an animal with rabies, most frequently a dog, however people can be infected by coming into contact with body fluids from an infectious animal.

The Vaccine

Who can have this vaccine?

Adult and children 1 year+

Doses required

3 doses

The second dose should be 7 days after the first. The third dose should be 21-28 days after the first. An accelerated course may be given if there is insufficient time before travel to complete the 21-28 day course. The second and third doses should be given 3 and 7 days after the first, with an additional dose one year year later.


£120 per dose

How is it given?

This is an injection in the upper arm (or thigh).

How long does protection last?

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

Other information

All 3 doses are required before travel

Patient Leaflet

Please refer to the patient leaflet for full information on this vaccine:

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