Rabies is a viral infection which is almost always transmitted
by animal bites. Although dogs are the main reservoir of disease
in many developing countries, all animal bites warrant consideration
of rabies. Any traveler suffering an animal bite or scratch should
receive prompt local treatment by thoroughly cleansing the wound
with copious amounts of soap and water to reduce the risk of rabies.
Local health authorities should also be consulted.
Preexposure vaccination with rabies vaccine is recommended for
persons living in or extensively visiting areas of the world where
rabies is a constant threat, as well as for most veterinarians,
animal handlers, spelunkers, and certain laboratory workers. Generally,
preexposure vaccination requires a series of three injections over
a three- to four-week period for those persons who have never previously
received rabies vaccine. There are several types of rabies vaccine
available in the United States, and the decision concerning vaccine
use, timing, and dosage depends on personal medical history, travel
plans, and potential interference from antimalarial drugs.
If you wish to receive rabies vaccine, please call us for a clinic