New Accelerated Schedule for Rabies Vaccination
A new accelerated schedule has been licensed for rabies vaccination. Travellers who do not have enough time before their departure can now have the 3 doses of the rabies vaccination given over 7 days (day 0, day 3 and day 7). A fourth dose is required at 12 months for long lasting protection.
This means that travellers will be able to complete the full course even if they have less than 2 weeks before their trip.
Completely all three dose of the rabies vaccine means that in the event of an animal bite, only 1 further dose would be required for treatment instead of 4 vaccination doses. Additionally, the need for emergency Human Rabies Immunoglobulin (a blood product, which can be difficult to get hold off in many countries) is removed.