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Rabies Vaccine Research Project BORS

January 17th, 2020

Update 17/3/20

Due to the presence of COVID-19 we are temporarily suspending recruitment for this trial. However, if you would like to participate, we would still love to hear from you – please contact the clinic 0732219066 and register your interest in participating when this drama is over. For those who are already enrolled see here.

Jan 2020

I am pleased to announce we are now recruiting for a rabies vaccine study. We are trying to investigate and document how well ONE dose of rabies vaccine primes the immune system against rabies. This project has Ethics Approval from the Australian National University (Protocol 2019/451)

Currently, 2 or 3 vaccines are considered necessary to prime the immune system against the rabies virus. If the immune system is already primed and then an individual has a rabies risk animal exposure,  they only need two doses of rabies vaccine (Day 0 and Day 3). If the immune system is NOT primed, then the person needs at least 4 vaccines ( Day 0, 3, 7, 14) plus a blood product known as RIG, which has to be injected into the wound. ( Yes this is as bad as it sounds. )

We want to answer the question – for persons leaving at very short notice, – is it worth having just one rabies vaccine.

We have secured some funding for this project, so we can offer participants 3 doses of intramuscular rabies vaccine for free. At the end of the project, each BORS participant will have recognized pre-exposure rabies priming of the immune system with blood test confirmation. It will, however, take a bit longer than average and involve blood tests.

Participants must be

  • over 50 years age,
  • not immunosuppressed,
  • not pregnant,
  • have never had a rabies vaccine,
  • not going to a rabies risk area or handling flying foxes for 90 days,
  • available to participate in all the visits.

The study involves :

  • 4 visits to the city (5th floor 247 Adelaide Street, Brisbane)
  • 3 intramuscular rabies vaccines,
  • 3 blood tests, and
  • 1 phone call.

Visits are Day 0, day 60, day 63, day 67. The phone call is day 74. Blood results will be available on Day 74 phone call.


We expect participants will be flying fox carers and their families, vets, vet nurses, and travellers who will not be leaving for at least 90 days.

The participant information sheets are here:  BORS PIS

If you would like more information, please email  < clinic AT thetraveldoctor.com.au > or phone 07 3221 9066 and ask to speak to the research assistant, Christine.

For your information, our clinic is part of the TMA Research Team. If you would like to see all the research that our team has successfully published in the medical literature, please go here.

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