Get your rabies vaccine in Leicester and Nuneaton and stay safe as you travel this season!
Rabies is a severe infection that attacks the nerves and the brain. It’s normally contracted when an infected animal, especially a dog, bites or scratches you.
The disease can be found across the globe but is more prevalent in Africa, Central and South America, and Asia.
In the UK, it’s only found in a few wild bats. Once the symptoms start showing, the infection is almost always deadly. However, if treatment is done in advance, it’s quite effective.
A vaccine is available for persons at risk of getting the infection.
What are the symptoms of rabies?
Symptoms typically start showing 3 to 12 weeks after you get infected and don’t receive treatment. However, they can start earlier than this or later.
The first symptoms to show include:
- A headache
- A high temperature
- Feeling unwell
- Discomfort at the bite
Symptoms that show a few days later include:
- Muscle spasms
- Producing more saliva than usual
- Difficulty breathing and swallowing
Getting a vaccination against rabies is critical if you plan to travel to regions where rabies is widespread. Especially if you plan to stay for long or do activities that increase the chances of you acquiring the infection.
It’s also recommended that you get vaccinated if your work puts you at risk of getting rabies. Ensure that you always take precautions to avoid catching rabies even if you are already vaccinated.
How do you avoid being scratched or bitten?
Even though all mammals can carry the infection, it’s most common in dogs, foxes, bats, jackals, mongooses, raccoons, and cats.
Animals spread rabies through bites or scratches, or in not common cases if their saliva gets into a person’s eyes or mouth.
Get in touch with us today to get the rabies vaccine in Leicester and Nuneaton before travelling.