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1. Posted by Marty 6 (Full Member 45 posts) 12y

Hi I am heading on a RTW trip, starting at the end of Feb and finishing mid august.

What would be peoples' advice about getting the rabies injections? I am going to be in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Oz, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia.



2. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 12y

if you go to your local travel clinic or doctor they should be able to tell you what injections you need, in my own case i got every injection they told me as most of them last a few years....

3. Posted by manjit (Budding Member 14 posts) 12y

i am going to most of those places too (and a few others) and i have got them done... expensive, but then again you can't put a price on your health!

4. Posted by smythie24 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

I am going to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam and I went to the Tropical Medical Bureau yest. They advised me to get all the usual ones and in the end I left out the rabies one. Basically it is the one that you can afford to leave out because lets say you get scratched by an animal then just go straight to a doctor over there and he'll give you the nessecary medicine there. Even if you get the vaccine before you leave if you get scratched or bitten you still have to get more treatment over there anyway. So thats why I decided against it. But having said that It's really up to you.

5. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 12y

you still have to get treatment but if you have the injection before you leave , it buys you more time, its handy if you're going to be going off the beaten track or away from large towns....

6. Posted by manjit (Budding Member 14 posts) 12y

i don't want to frighten you... but my friend had this injection a couple of weeks ago and reacted really badly to it... ended up in intensive care
she is perfectly ok now, and did go home the day after, thank god! :)

so the moral of this story is- i would have whatever you can before you go because you never know what u may react to! i mean to react to the rabies injection there is a 1 in 10,000 chance... obviously my friend is buying my lottery tickets from on!!

7. Posted by eve3981 (Full Member 34 posts) 12y

Hi I was bitten by a monkey in India a few years ago. The jabs are painless nowadays
The usal recommendation is the jabs are only required if you will be travelling in areas that are remote or that are 24 hours away from emergency healthcare facilities. It is worth remembering though that there is NO cure for Rabies and if you think that you will be travelling to remote areas have jabs done..
Enjoy you trip

8. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 12y

I think the Rabies shot would only be necessary if you'd be handling animals for any reason. The best thing would be to try and avoid the contact with animals, anyway.
I got it done for my Conservation Expedition because we had to handle traps for small mamammals and it was in a very remote area.
Otherwise I wouldn't have bothered as it is very expensive.
I think you would be fine without it.

9. Posted by Twinkle (Respected Member 1112 posts) 11y

I had this exact same debate a few weeks ago!Eventually i came to the coclusion that it was better safe than sorry. It last five years then you have to get a booster and you are protected for 15!It was a course of 3 injections, they made me sick afterwards and i totally lost the feeling down my left side for a day but Im fine now!It was expensive but i think it was worth it and sometimes i cant resit but pick stray kittens up!!!!Its best to shop around, i rang round a few pharmacies who all gave me diferent prices,the most expensive quote i got was £140 and I eventually found my cheapest which was £83 from Asda chemist!

10. Posted by moolieness (Full Member 48 posts) 11y

I had the same debate with myself about the rabies injection, when I spoke to the nurse she basically told me that unless I was going off to work with animals not to bother. The only word of warning is check your insurance, if you dont take the injection and get bitten check that you are covered.