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11. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

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 ]

12. Posted by Ricardo (Budding Member 79 posts) 9y

I just want to thank all of you for the great advice on this topic.I have decided to definately leave the Rabies jab.As for Hep B I am still thinking about that one.It is not too expensive for that one on its own so I will have to see.
Anyways, thanks again for your advice and opinions.It is very much appreciated.
Happy Travels:)

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