Rabies Vaccination

Rabies is a fatal viral infection that is spread from animals to humans which causes acute inflammation of the spinal cord and brain.

Please note there is a national shortage of rabies vaccines, call ahead to check availability.

Travel Vaccinations
Per Dose
Rabies ID
£89 per dose
3 Doses
Rabies IM
£89 per dose
3 Doses


A course of three injections of the vaccine will cover against Rabies and is recommended for travellers to high-risk areas who may be exposed to Rabies because of their chosen travel activities and/or limited access to post-exposure medical care.

In the event of possible exposure to Rabies, urgent medical attention should be sought, even in those who have received pre-exposure vaccines.

Countries at risk

Rabies occurs worldwide. Over 15 million people are exposed to potentially rabid animals annually with approximately 40,000 to 70,000 deaths every year. Low-risk areas include mainland Europe and the UK, Australia, North America and Japan; travelling almost anywhere else in the world carries some level of risk of exposure to Rabies.

Travel Precautions

Infected mammals can spread the Rabies virus through bites, scratches or even a lick onto broken skin. Travellers are advised to avoid contact with animals in high-risk areas. All mammals are susceptible to the virus, including skunks, jackals, mongooses, foxes, raccoons, dogs, cats, monkeys and bats.

Dogs account for the majority of human deaths, with most of these occurring in South EastEast and Central Asia, Africa, and the Indian subcontinent. Bats cause most human Rabies deaths in the USA and Canada, and have recently begun to emerge as a health threat in Western Europe, South and Central America and Australia.

Signs and Symptoms

The first symptoms of Rabies are usually similar to the flu, including fever and headaches. There may also be pain at the area of the bite, developing within days, to symptoms of anxiety, confusion and agitation. As the disease progresses further, the person may experience delirium, abnormal behaviour, hallucinations, and insomnia.

Once the clinical signs of Rabies appear, the disease is nearly always fatal. Treatment is typically limited to supportive care.


The rabies vaccine is necessary for travellers visiting regions where rabies is common, particularly in rural areas of Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. It is also crucial for individuals engaged in activities that may expose them to wild or domestic animals.

Rabies vaccination offers protection for a specific duration, usually 1-3 years. After this period, a booster dose may be necessary to maintain ongoing immunity.

A rabies booster is generally recommended every 1-3 years, depending on individual risk assessment and potential exposure.

High-risk countries encompass numerous regions in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America, particularly those with significant populations of stray dogs.

The cost of the rabies vaccine varies depending on your healthcare provider. At CityDoc, the intramuscular vaccine costs £79 per dose (three doses required), and the intradermal vaccine costs £89 per dose (three doses required). Typically, it is not covered by the NHS for travel purposes.

We have clinics nationwide that offer the rabies vaccine. Below you will find a list of top clinics that provide the rabies vaccine. London Area Outside London