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1. Posted by Tamo (Full Member 40 posts) 11y

hi, been advised to have rabies jabs done for trip to Thailand, but told was not essential... I will be spending just over 6 weeks in asia, with around 3 weeks in thailand, and a week of that up trekking in the jungles... I'm starting to get a bit paniky about getting bitten by some rabid animal, and am thinking that should just get it done anyway, more for peace of mind than anything... but been told risks are minimal and that even if I get bitten it has to be a carrier anyway and even with the jab you still need treatment after anyway... just give you longer to get it... has anyone any advice on how high the risks are or if anyone has had the jabs (costs please, been quoted £150 which seems a bit steep) or has actually been bitten or come across anyone that has? I'm geting all hyped up about it!

Thanks for any feed back,

Tams x

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

There's quite a few wild dogs in suburban Bangkok, but you shouldn't really come into contact with them

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

I think this is a con.

Also I was told that basically the rabies jab DOES NOT MAKE YOU IMMUNE to rabies it merely gives you an extra 24 hrs to get to a hospital (on top of roughly 24 you have already)

I was in this neck of the woods and India a couple of years ago without this jab and was fine.


4. Posted by Tamo (Full Member 40 posts) 11y

yeah, I am awear of this! Its a course of 3 injections which is basically the first of the course youd be given if you were to become infected with it, and does give you longer to get medical help... I'm just a bit worried if somthing were to happen and I'm stuck in the middle of nowhere - basically, youre a gonner!

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

You're usually told to get the rabies shot if you'll come into contact with animals on your trip. I don't know about everybody else but I've never been bitten by an animal while I was traveling. I would suggest just don't go out of your way to interact with animals and you should be fine.

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

It's not like a mosquito borne illnesses, where it's a little more difficult to avoid being bitten. You should be able to avoid being bitten by any animal.

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

A mate of mine got bitten by a dog when we were in Thailand a few years back. To be safe, he went and got his rabies shot and the remaining ones after he got back to the Netherlands.

Personally, I think in the highly unlikely event you were to be bitten by an animal you would be able to find a rabies jab in time. But if you want that peace of mind, it might be worth it. Expensive couple of jabs though!

ps. Before anyone asks the story or it sounds like we were on some mad hiking trip in between wild animals.... he got bitten by a tiny little pet dog that was on the counter in a bar and he stuck his big nose in it's face. It just barely drew blood but hey, better safe than sorry :)

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I never got bitten, but late at night in bangkok, I often encountered large packs of stray dogs. Has anyone else encountered packs of strays in Bangkok?

9. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 11y

hi tamo. you ok? im not bothering with rabies if thats any help to you. im gonna be in se asia for 6 motnhs and india for 6 months. nurse said it was a bit of a con as you still need a jab if you do get bitten. the one im not gonna fuck about with is malaria. take care, joe

10. Posted by SkacoreUK (Full Member 56 posts) 11y

I too am wondering about this.

I will be in C & S America for 3 1/2 months, and have been told to get a rabies jab but £160

I'm beginning to think it ain't worth it