Vaccinating children in high-endemic rabies regions: what are we waiting for?

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► Rabies, a fully preventable viral encephalitis, still claims at least 59 000 victims per year. Pre- exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) increases the probability of survival in bitten individuals but is hardly available to high- risk groups—like children—in endemic settings.
► The availability of simplified PrEP schedules and new modes of administration with a focus on specific risk groups should be seen as game- changers for PrEP feasibility in low- income and middle- income countries.
► We contend that there is a moral imperative to change the current paradigm where PrEP is available for international travellers to endemic regions but not to local individuals at risk.
► We call for a global effort to make simplified rabies PrEP available and affordable to those in need.
on February 10, 2021 by guest. Protected by copyright. Glob Health: first published as 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-004074 on 10 February 2021. Downloaded
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere004074
JournalBMJ Global Health
Issue number2
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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