Maybe I should clarify why I speak with such authority on the subject of rabies vaccinations. I worked for 20+ years in fields (biomedical research, veterinary clinics and a wildlife facility) which all required rabies immunizations. (I've had my share of jabs.) I have also encountered what is required in post-exposure situations, from both the human and animal aspects (even though the exposure was not my own). I make a point to stay current with the most recent liturature and studies so I can answer questions such as these. I may not be able to tell someone the best hostel in town, but I can help with health-related issues.
Ricardo - I still believe you can skip the rabies vaccinations. I also continue to stress the use of common sense and avoiding contact with stray dogs or the odd skunk.
I do continue to support receiving the Hep B vaccination. Even in the best medical facilities around the world, contamination can take place. Mel is correct - it is not an easy disease to contract, but all it takes is one exposure, whether it is sexually or from a medically-based source.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 26, 2007, at 11:42 AM by Isadora ]