World Rabies Day

September 28 - 28

World Rabies Day
World Rabies Day is the first and only global day of action and awareness dedicated to rabies prevention. It is an opportunity to unite as a community - helping individuals, civil society, and governments to connect and share their work.

September 28, 2021 will be the 15th World Rabies Day. To celebrate this milestone, this year’s theme focuses on facts about rabies and dispelling any myths or misconceptions.  In brief, the theme reminds us of key current global issues that also affect rabies elimination, namely:

Fake news and how this can negatively affect our rabies elimination efforts. Facts are the only way to beat fake news, so help to share accurate facts and ensure that decisions about rabies control in your country are based on the correct, and most up-to-date, information.  

Vaccine hesitancy and the misconceptions about vaccination. By sharing facts about the benefits of vaccinating your animals against rabies, and by ensuring that exposed people receive post-exposure prophylaxis, we can dispel any myths about rabies vaccination to ensure that everyone is protected, and the disease eliminated. We can rid our communities and colleagues of any fears of vaccination by sharing accurate facts.