All travellers "for" Africa,Asia,C/South America and Middle East are urgently advised to be vaccinated against Rabies and should avoid contact with all animals including cats and dogs.
Woman dies after being bitten by a puppy in Goa 2 weeks ago. www.dh.gov/travellers
Thanks for your warning, Jack! Will inform a friend who will be going to Zimbabwe later...
I just tried the link you have listed several times with 2 different browsers and can't get it to come up...
For travelers who are considering the rabies vaccinations, they are something that you should plan on a bit in advance. Rabies vaccinations are not just one injection, but a series of three. They are given at one month intervals. The vaccinations will not prevent infection by the rabies virus but it will decrease the number of injections needed if you are exposed. You will have a longer time period to find appropriate medical treatment. I do not mean in days versuses hours - medical treatment should be sought immediately.
If you are traveling to an area that has seen a rise in rabies cases, then taking the vaccinations is probably a wise step. If the area has not experienced an increase, then common sense and avoiding contact with wild and/or stray animals should see you through.
Yes you are quite correct I got it wrong,the correct link is
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Thanks for the corrected link, Jack! It's working now!!
Not to be just a contrarian, but I was given the following advice on rabies shots. Don't get them unless you ABSOLUTELY need to. They are expensive and painful.
How do you know if you need them? If you are working with animals on a regular basis, it is a good idea. If you are going somewhere where you will be in contact with wild animals AND will not be within 1 day of a hospital, then get it. If you get bit and can get to a hospital within the same day, don't bother.
In general, of course, if you get bit by anything you should seek medical attention. With or without the rabies shot.
Expensive? - yes
Painful? - No
worth it? - Hell yeah!
For ease of reference, I have posted my reply, to a similar thread, here:
I am a pharmacologist with many years of animal lab work experience. Due to the varety of species we came in contact with daily, we were required to be immunized for rabies. I believe I can offer some sound and useful info concerning this topic. I hope it will be helpful in your decisions.
For everyone considering the rabies vaccination(s), here are some items to take under consideration:
1) The pre-exposure vaccination is actually a series of three injections given over a three month period (one/month). The vaccine is very effective when taken as a series. If you are exposed after the series, two additional injections will be given (as post-exposure prophylaxis).
2) Receiving only one of the injections prior to your trip will NOT give you adequate protection. The single treatment will give good immunity for a short period of time (~ one week), but without the additional two treatments, you will not build up enough antibodies to be effective against rabies. If exposed, you will ultimately receive five to seven treatments following the exposure. No matter how many of the series you have received, immediate medical treatment will be required. The onset of symptoms can take from weeks to months to develop. If you are bitten, DO NOT "wait until symptoms develop", by then treatment is rarely effective.
3) Rabies vaccine is expensive (equivalent to Hepatitis A&B in some countries). Most individuals will experience some form of side effect, though in the majority of people, those effects will be mild. They include muscle aches and stiffness, headache, nausea, soreness at injection site. Again, most of you will experience mild responses - aspirin or ibuprofen can be taken to ease these.
4) Assess you risk of exposure before making your decision. The internet is a good place to start. Almost every country has a health-related site that will contain useful information. In the US, www.cdc.org will be helpful. (Centers for Disease Control website.) The UK and OZ also have good sites.
5) In reference to exposure, if you are going to be spending most of your trip in rural areas or trekking through the jungles, your chance of exposure is greater than hopping city to city. It was a good idea if you will be doing conservation work with wild animals. If you are not going to be involved in this type of activity, rabies vaccinations may not be necessary for you.
6) Be mindful while traveling. Rabies exposure is in your control. There are those few incidences where someone has been bitten by a wild animal - but the majority of those bites happen out of carelessness around the animals. NOT ALL (of course), but still more often than not, the bite could have been avoided. (Do not pet the local stray dogs because they are cute!) Wild animals are just that and, though cute as can be, they don't want to be touched. You will be in their territory and they should be given the same respect as you would want from another person entering your territory. Take a camera, the memory will be a pleasant one and last longer.