High time to prioritize rabies prevention—a new paradigm

Journal of Travel Medicine
Volume 27, Issue 7, October 2020
https://academic.oup.com/jtm/issue/27/7

 

Editorial
High time to prioritize rabies prevention—a new paradigm
Robert Steffen, MD, Davidson H Hamer, MD
Journal of Travel Medicine, Volume 27, Issue 7, October 2020, taaa173, https://doi.org/10.1093/jtm/taaa173
Almost 500 patients consulted a GeoSentinel clinic annually for post-exposure prophylaxis after a potential rabies exposure as compared to approximately 20 for hepatitis A and 40 for typhoid fever. Travellers’ response after potential rabies exposure is alarmingly inadequate. Thus, rabies pre-exposure prophylaxis should now become the #1 travel vaccine intervention.