Bat handlers & rabies vaccine

16 Mar 2017

Rabies vaccine is available free of charge at Well Travelled Clinics if you may have been exposed to rabies.

The pre-exposure vaccine for those who are bat handlers is provided by Public Health England on behalf of the Department of Health and can be obtained by GPs free of charge. Free rabies pre-exposure rabies vaccine for bat handlers is not available at Well Travelled Clinics.

GPs should contact Public Health England on 0208 327 6204 for the necessary forms to obtain vaccine on behalf of the bat handler. GPs may charge for completing the necessary paperwork.

Please note that although the vaccine and subsequent boosters can be obtained free of charge at your GPs, rabies antibody tests are not currently free and must be paid for. Well Travelled Clinics can provide this service if it is required.