53 - never been further than Europe. November is first sortie - 3 weeks Kathmandu. I know that will seem tame to some of you but I have to start somewhere. Question is shall I have shots for rabies and Japenese Encaphelitus? Got the rest. What do you think? Plus i have absolutely no idea what sort of clothes I need. Any other advice is welcome. Thanks.
I would say go to your doctor, they will tell you, i had to get two shots for going to south east asia, lucky enough they were both free, i think they were for hepatitis a & b and tetnus and maybe something else. hope this helps
The Jap Enceph vaccine is always being debated by travelers, whether it is truly needed or not. I got it for peace of mind, but my girlfriend opted to save the money and take the risk, and we have traveled all through vietnam, laos, cambodia, thailand, india, and nepal and she hasn't dropped dead....yet. So it's really up to you.
I would recommend the Rabies vaccination, but get it when you arrive in Kathmandu. You will save yourself 95% of the cost if you were to get it back in the UK. It's dirt cheap over here because everyone gets it and rabies is a fairly bad problem in most of southern asia.
Don't bother with JE. It's only really an issue if you're staying in really rural areas for long periods of time, like rice paddies and pig farms and stuff. Plus there are only 2 recorded cases of UK travellers contracting it since the 80s.
Would deffo get a full course of rabies though, which will usually take 3 - 4 weeks dependng on which course they put you on.
Also, depending on where you're flying from you might need a Yellow Fever certificate.
One of the best websites to look at is NaTHNaC - it has a lot of really comprehensive travel information and should put your mind at rest!
Enjoy your trip!
You can go ahead without Rabies or Jap E.