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Rabies vaccination

What is rabies?

Rabies is a serious viral infection of the central nervous system that is almost always fatal. You can become infected through the saliva of infected animals (especially dogs, foxes, bats, cats). Whenever viruses reach the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose or mouth through licking of injured skin, through bites or scratches by animals, or when the animal's saliva gets into the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose or mouth through unwashed hands. The infection causes seizures, aggressive behavior, coma and death due to respiratory paralysis in humans and animals. The disease often begins months, sometimes even years, after contact with the virus.

Who should be vaccinated against rabies?

If you are planning a trip to countries with a high risk of rabies (especially Asia and Africa), especially for long-term stays (over 4 weeks), inadequate medical care on site, a lack of modern vaccines and immunoglobulin, a prophylactic vaccination is recommended recommend. But simple travel or stay conditions or activities with an increased risk of exposure (e.g. bicycle or motorcycle tours) as well as predictable contact with mammals, including bats, also require such a vaccination as prevention.

Small children and children in particular should be generously vaccinated, as they like to seek contact with animals and at the same time may not (or cannot) always report on risky contacts.

How and when is the rabies vaccination carried out and what must be taken into account?

The rabies vaccination is a dead vaccine and is given into the muscle. The preventive vaccination for adults and children consists of three injections into the upper arm muscle on days 0, 7 and 21 (or 28). There is also a rapid vaccination scheme available should you plan to travel soon. For long-term protection, a booster vaccination should be given after one year and then depending on the risk of exposure.

Important: After contact with an animal suspected of having rabies, everyone must be vaccinated. If you have already received a few vaccinations, the risk is lower and you will receive fewer follow-up vaccinations.

Should I get vaccinated against rabies?

To find out which vaccinations are useful for your planned trip, simply make an appointment for travel medical adviceat one of our Avi Medical practices and discuss it Get in touch with our medical team. The team will tell you what you should consider so that you can be safe and relaxed on your next trip.