Eliminating Rabies Around the World: World Rabies Day 2021

World Rabies Day was last held on 28 September 2021, this was the 15th World Rabies Day and is a global day of action and awareness dedicated to the prevention of rabies. To book an appointment for the rabies vaccination contact our travel health clinic in Kingston.

World Rabies Day is intended to raise awareness of the disease of rabies and to help individuals, communities and governments unite together to share their work and resources.

Each year there is a theme for World Rabies Day and in 2021, the initiative was to focus on the facts and figures about rabies with the intention of dispelling any myths and misconceptions.

Rabies vaccination
A vaccine is available to help protect people at risk of being exposed to rabies, but if you are bitten or scratched by an animal suspected of having rabies, it is imperative to seek urgent medical help even if you have been vaccinated.

A good travel clinic should be able to advise you if you are at heightened risk of rabies based on your travel destinations.

Other key factors include how long you will be abroad for and whether or not there is easy and quick access to suitable medical care in the event that you are bitten or scratched by an animal.

Choice of activities can be relevant to risk such as running and cycling.

If you do plan to have the vaccination, then the course of injections will need to be completed at least one month before you leave.

Is it pet safe?
You can protect your pet by having them vaccinated against rabies if you intend for them to travel with you to a location carrying rabies risk. In any event, it is the law in the UK that your pet is vaccinated against rabies before it can travel. Vaccination status is linked to their microchip, so if your pet does not carry a microchip then this will need to be done at the same time.

Pets have their own rabies vaccination, and the majority of vets will tell you that it is perfectly safe. As with any inoculation, there are always potential side effects, but your vet will make you aware of what to look out for before your pet is vaccinated.

For more information about the rabies vaccination visit our travel health clinic in Kingston  or take a look at our website www.milespharmacy.co.uk