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1. Posted by cd2 (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

Hello!

Places I will be going:

Thailand
Vietnam
Cambodia
Laos
Malaysia
Bali
Singapore

I am aware you can have 3 rabies jabs to "bide more time" and I have heard of the variation in cost of these jabs..

Do you know if it is advisable to get these jabs, I have no idea what these places are like in terms of hospitals. I would be petrified to find we are unable to get to a hospital if such a thing was to happen?!

2. Posted by oj (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

yeah u def gotta get them, rabies cost me about 60 GBP (u die pretty much if u not protected) but i also ended up being advised to get Japanese Encephalitis 100 GBP ...v expensive. I'm midway through getting mine - headin to thailand early april.. covering similar areas you said.

It'd be worse if you dont get 'em

oj

3. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

Its personal choice I reakon...many people will say dont bother, others will reccomend it!!!I decided to get it...the cheapest I managed to get it for here in the UK was £86 from the Pharmacy in Asda...Tesco was quoting £130!!!!Make an appointment with your GP, they will run through eveything with you and then they give you a private prescription if you decided to have it!

4. Posted by cd2 (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

Hey what date in April you going!? Am hopefully getting flights booked this weekend to go 18th April.. Bangkok first stop!

Thanks for your advice both of you.. I have a prescription but 2 chemists already told me they cant get it for me!??! I will try ASDA up the road from me.. is that £86 for all 3?

5. Posted by oj (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

fly into bangkok 4th april, and thinkin of hittin Koh Phangan for the FMP, april 13th then back to thailand .. wherever the wind takes me.

also dont forget malaria tablets 77GBP cost me .. serious money on medication ive spent...(forgot to mention - im sure you know!)

lata, oj

6. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

Yep!Its £86 pounds for the whole set of three injections!

7. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

Try and find an accredited MASTA travel clinic. They will do it much cheaper as they buy the vaccines in bulk, whereas your typical GP will charge more as they don't dish them out as much. Jap B (for 2 recommended jabs) cost me £74.

As regarding the rabies/Jap B, none of them are essential. With the Rabies jab, it only gives you more time to get medical help (i.e. if you are going trekking and may be away from medical help for over 24 hrs). You will still die from rabies don't get medical help. Some people think that the vaccine makes them immune. It doesn't!

As for Jap B, I got mine and might not get Rabies because jap B is transmitted through mosquitoes, and you can't ensure you are not going to get bitten by a mosquito, but you CAN go some way to ensure you don't get bitten by a dog/other animal.

8. Posted by cd2 (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

Yes that is a good point. I have been to Trailfinders and they advised that Jap B is a course of 3 jabs at £35 each. I am absolutely petrified of needles so all these jabs are a nightmare for me!! How will I cope having more!?

I will look into getting the Jap B. Do you know where I can get this from other than a travel clinic?

9. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

CD2, it will more than likely be cheaper at your travel clinic - read my post above again about how they get it in bulk so it's cheaper than your GP.

As for the jabs, I have no problem with them at all. I used to go out with someone that had an irrational fear of needles so my advice would be just look away and think of something nice to distract your thoughts from the jab!

10. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

By the way, I would not go on what Trailfinders say. My GP and MASTA have told me (and in the case of the latter, provided me with the jab) that JAP B requires just 2 jabs. Each at £35.

I think there is a lot of ambiguity in this area, especially as some people get told one thing from their GP and another from MASTA! Best thing is to compare the two and speak to EXPERTS. No matter how much I say, there's no substitute for getting professional advice. The people on here only know so much (no hating).