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Rabies, do I need it?

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11. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Piecar

25 years of travelling, NEVER been bitten by an animal

Bwa, I've never had a car accident, but I wear my safety belt, I've never had a bike accident, but I wear my helmet ;)

If you need to take a rabies shot, it all depends on the way you travel.
If you intend to travel by bike, to rural areas, etc ... I would suggest to take a shot.

And don't forget, even with a rabies shot, you have to go to the hospital, it only gives you more time...

12. Posted by chrisvasil (Full Member 102 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Jodie.82


I'm setting off round the world in June and am unsure whether to get a Rabies Vaccination or not, I've read so much advice on the vaccinations and it seems to be recommended but I don't know whether you can get over worried and end up getting too many immunisations that are really neccesary!
I'm going to the following countries, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Boliiva & Chile, New Zealand, Oz, Thailand, Bali & India

what do people think? at £50 each shot for 3 shots I don't want to get it unless I really need it?
Also what about Hep B as that seems to be reccommended these days I know you can only contract this through certain ways but what if something awful was to happen?????


No. Just don't play with animals.

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14. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Just to be devil's advocate you could also read that great travel book by my fellow countryman Manchan Magan titled 'Angels and Rabies'. It almost made me get the rabies jab, but then I didn't...

And yes this is also a shameless plug for what I consider to be a really good travel book!

15. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5635 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Yvekes

Quoting Piecar

25 years of travelling, NEVER been bitten by an animal

And don't forget, even with a rabies shot, you have to go to the hospital, it only gives you more time...

Probably partly true. It's just the treatment that is greatly simplified, as you need just 2 more shots on day 0 and 3 instead of HRIG (sort of human anti stuff into the wound directly) and 5 shots on day 0,3,7,14 and 28.

@Chrisvasil (Quote "No. Just don't play with animals"): wish it was that simple. It's just one way of decreasing your chances.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-May-2010, at 06:22 by Utrecht ]

16. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Twinrix is a combination vaccine for both Hep A and Hep B. The first shot is given six weeks before departure, the second shot two weeks before. My doctor said if you have the third shot which is given six months later (think it was six months), then you are protected for life and don't need to have them again. Whereas if you have only the two, should you ever travel (to certain countries) you'd have to have the first two again.
BTW, it's a mere pin prick and you feel nothing. No side effects either.

The typhoid one was a bit of a bigger jab. For the anti-malarials, Doctor prescribed Doxycycline, which (he said) one tablet daily, start taking two/three days before departure and continue to take for a fortnight after return. The only stipulation he made was take it with food and best not taken with dariy products. I didn't have any side effects or problems.

At my doctors, when an injection is given, they make you sit there for a good 10 - 15 minutes before leaving, just in case you should have a reaction.

With regard to rabies vaccination, I'd probably be speaking with my doctor for advise about it. I must admit, rabies isn't really something many people would think of these days. The best advise I could give re vaccinations is this - my doctor recommended anti-malarials, and although a number of people said they weren't really necessary, I went with what Doc said. What it comes down to is you must feel comfortable about having them (vaccinations) or not and make up your own mind.

17. Posted by Jodie.82 (Budding Member 29 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

thank you all for so much info! A couple of you said about gettign advice from my GP but unfortunately that was the problem in that my GP won't advise on the vaccinations required I had to request the relevant prescription and then take them back myself to be administered.
I'm not getting the rabies jab but my friend Emma is as she didn't want to take any risks

as for Malaria i'm still undecided what to!

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19. Posted by Bumley (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Regarding rabies.

The rabies jabs have become very expensive due to shortages.

The Joint Council on Vaccines and Innoculations are recommending a change to the way the vaccine is administered which means less vaccine is required, without a reduction in cover, meaning a 1 ml or .5ml vile of vaccine can be shared between more than one person. You need to have the jabs at the same time as it doesn't keep for longer than 8hrs.

JCVI June 2010 recommendation

My boyfriend and I have been able to halve the cost because our doctor was happy to go with this information from the JVCI although it is yet to be officially included in the vaccine bible The Green Book.

Happy trails folks.

20. Posted by Tracy2011 (Budding Member 71 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

It's quite interesting how the cost of vaccinations varies by where you live. My Hep B jab was free whereas most other Brits on my tour had to pay for it.

Travel nurses are useless in my experience when it comes to anti-malarials. They just look on a website that has very little in-country detail on areas of risk. My nurse admitted she "didn't know" if I needed them, despite giving her a detailed itinerary a week beforehand. She didn't even look into/ask about my medical history. It's only when I did my own research that I found out a certain type of anti-malarial wasn't suitable due to a pre-existing condition.

Am dreading going again for my next trip! Although this time i'll try to avoid saying "I don't feel like i'm getting a professional medical opinion! Do I need to take them or not?!"


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