Dr Clare Applegarth from Clifton Beach Medical and Surgical discusses important rabies information to know before travelling overseas.
Video Transcription Below.
Dr Clare Applegarth, MBBS, FRACGP, Diploma in Child Health, BA, BSc.
Rabies is a disease that’s prevalent overseas, so if you get bitten by an animal it’s important that you seek timely medical care. Now, there is a vaccine that’s available for rabies, a course of three that you can have. But even if you’ve had this course of vaccinations, it’s still really important that within the first 24 hours of being bitten you seek medical care to prevent you from getting the infection. If you’re bitten, you may need to have a further course of injections just to make sure that you don’t catch the disease.
Vaccinations and Last Minute Travel
Some people wonder, if they’re travelling last minute, whether it’s worth coming in to start the vaccination course at all. Usually, it’s worth getting started on the course even if that just means having your first one because it will usually start to provide some protection within one to two weeks. It’s always worth coming in and at least getting started on the course, even if you need to complete it after you’ve returned home.
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