Not all GP clinics in Melbourne stock travel vaccinations, however Yarra Medical stocks a full range of travel vaccines including the rabies vaccine.
Although the rabies virus does not currently occur in Australia, there is a vaccine available, which is given in three doses over a one month period. It is recommended for those travelling to certain areas of Central and South America, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.
It is worth noting that the vaccine will still be effective if given after infection has occurred but before symptoms show.
As the rabies vaccine also provides protection against the Australian bat lyssavirus, it is also recommended for people who come into regular contact with any bats found in Australia.
If you’re unsure if you should receive the vaccine, come in and speak with us.
What is rabies?
Rabies is a disease caused by the rabies virus that affects the nervous system. It is carried by mammals and is transmitted via their saliva usually through a bite or scratch, or sometimes a lick to the eyes or mouth. In humans it is nearly always fatal once symptoms develop.
The first symptoms will usually appear 3-8 weeks after exposure to the virus, though it can take up to a few years. How long is mostly determined by how much of the virus you are infected with initially, and how far the wound is from the brain.
The first symptoms can include cough, fever, headache and nausea, before progressing to feelings of anxiety and a fear of water, air and bright lights. An infected person can then begin fitting or become paralysed. Death usually ensues within 1-2 weeks.
For more information please view the Better Health website.
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