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1. Posted by jmcdonald1 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y


We are going to Thailand for 3 weeks in Feb 09, we have had most shots (typhoid, tetanus, hep A/B which was free but a couple of friends paid £100 at another doctors surgery??)

Anyway we are deliberating as to whether to get the rabies vaccination - it will cost us £200 for
both of us, is it prevalent - any advice would be appreciated.



2. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 8y

I had a rabies vaccination in Thailand at a local government hospital and it cost me about 12 pound.

If you want to get one therefore wit til you get here - no, rabbies is not prevalent (according to last years stats, there were around 50 cases in the entire country). Probably about the same total as those dying from a coconut falling on their head.

Compared to shots in Thailand, shots in the UK are almost 10 times the price - unbelievable!

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 27, 2008, at 2:36 AM by frank_bkk ]

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 8y

I didn't get a rabies jab for Thailand (or anywhere in SE Asia, and I was there for 3 months) and most travellers I met hadn't bothered either. if you have had the jab and you get bitten you would still need to have further jabs- all the rabies jabs do is buy you more time to get to a hospital.

Also, as you are going for a short period of time I'd say it's not necessary.

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1997 posts) 8y

Talk about overkill (or overshot?) - R U Serious???

5. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 8y

If you are bitten by ANY MAMMAL in Thailand - especially if it pierces the skin - even just a graze - you should get rabies jabs.

You can get the "starter" jabs before you leave. or leave it until you get bitten........

I was bitten by a hotel dog and had to have the full 5 jabs ....this was about 4 years ago...the cost at a major hospital was about 4500 baht for the lot, including changing of dressings to the minor wound.

6. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 8y

For a 3 week trip I wold not recommend it- Just be sensible, and avoid stray animals.

7. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 8y

rabies is not just caried by cats and dogs - ANY MAMMAL is a potential carrier

8. Posted by Nik6014 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

I am going to Thailand at the end of the month and was advised by my doctors surgery to have the rabies jabs. It will cost me £40.
I'm not a fan of getting jabs I don't need and normally don't bother but as I'll be a first timer in Thailand I thought why not.
Nik :)

9. Posted by Kitty123 (Budding Member 36 posts) 8y

How much does it cost at a normal UK doctors surgery to get the necessary jags for Thailand?

I am booked in next week and don't have a clue how much it will be!! And since money is well and truley tight before I begin my travels, I hope its not too much!!

10. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 8y

In the UK hepatitis A, typhoid and tetanus are free which are the jabs that most doctors would recommend for Thailand. Other jabs, if you choose to have them, such as rabies and Japanese encephalitis, are not free nut I'm not sure of the costs.