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Quick GuideTravel Health: Vaccines & Preventing Diseases Abroad
What is the prognosis of rabies?
Once the symptoms of rabies start, the disease is nearly universally fatal.
Is it possible to prevent rabies? Is there a rabies vaccine?
Rabies prevention is mostly about good pet care and outdoor behavior. Vaccinate pets and keep them away from wild and outdoor animals. Don't approach wild animals. Keep bats out of the home, and stay away from areas with bats (caves).
When traveling, be aware of stray animals.
If spending significant time in a country where rabies is common, consider getting vaccinated.
Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
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