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1. Posted by Bex_88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 3y

Hi All,

Me and some friends are travelling in October to Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and India for just over four months.
I've been advised I need Rabies & Japenese E jabs but will cost me £300 - does anyone know if this sounds right?

Also I have my 60L backpack now but if anyone has any tips for what to definitely take with me that would be helpful? Up to now I have a micro fibre towel and thats all : )

Thanks for your help x

2. Posted by Isadora (Moderator 13926 posts) 3y

As always, it's best to check with a travel health provider. But, it sounds like you have already. The costs sound about right but the needs do not.

Rabies: If you are planning to be involved with wildlife rescue programs and/or spending most of your time in rural areas (camping, etc.), then rabies is not a bad idea. The best defense is common sense and not petting stray animals. The prophylactic vaccinations will give you an added 24 hours to receive treatment. I took them for years because of my previous employment. I have opted out of boosters for years no matter where I travel. I use my common sense instead. (Don't feed the monkeys.)

Japanese Encephalitis: I would skip this one too, personally speaking. It is prevalent in Asian agricultural areas where mosquitoes thrive. As with malarial areas, the use of insect repellent (35-50% DEET) is a great defense - if you remember to use it. The vast majority of the cases reported to WHO are those of the local populations working in the agricultural industry - not travelers.

I do recommend having the Hep A & B vaccinations:

Hepatitis A - Travel Guide
Hepatitis B - Travel Guide

Sorry, can't help you with the backpack issue but look at the Travel Gear Forum.

Hope this helps! Enjoy your travels!

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Aug-2012, at 09:22 by Isadora ]

3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2254 posts) 3y


4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1983 posts) 3y

Normally I'd say skip the shots, but then I saw "India" - better get the lot! Seriously, all I have is the Hep A series. Don't load that pack too much - you want it light, and leave room for gifts/treasures picked up along the way. I get along fine with just 40L, but maybe you're female and need space for multi-shoes, etc? They do have toilet paper and all the rest in the undeveloped world now!

5. Posted by Bex_88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 3y

Thanks guys you have been helpful.. I have a 60L bag but not going to be filling it.

Also I've booked my jabs now and even though I would probably be fine without them I don't want to take the risk with all the stories I heard...

Do travellers tend to just turn up in countries then plan their route/destinations or plan everything in advance? Little worried we haven't done much planning at all

6. Posted by Isadora (Moderator 13926 posts) 3y

You would be fine without the rabies and JE jabs. But, as always, it comes down to a personal comfort level. I have just double-checked WHO and the CDC on their recommendations for India. I stand behind my previous post.

Realize stories are just that - stories. Whether heard or read, if it is one person's experience, it doesn't mean it will be yours.

Yes, travelers do just turn up at certain destinations with little or no planning. Since you have some idea of an itinerary, check out what visas may be needed to move from country to country and if they can be obtained at the borders. That information can be found online.

7. Posted by Bex_88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 3y

Thanks Isadora that's a great help!! I've had my Jap E and rabies now... Defo better to be safe than sorry! x

8. Posted by Isadora (Moderator 13926 posts) 3y

Quoting Bex_88

Thanks Isadora that's a great help!! I've had my Jap E and rabies now... Defo better to be safe than sorry! x

Just out of curiosity...

Did you receive just one jab for rabies and one for JE? Unless things have changed drastically very recently, both are a series of 3 vaccinations over the course of a month. Doing the full course will definitely give you better protection against JE while rabies still only extends your time to reach medical care by 24 hours (as long as you have taken the rabies series). Rabies honestly laughs at just one prophylactic injection. I don't mean to sound harsh in any way. But, just one injection does not allow your body to build enough antibodies to extend your time receiving care. One jab for JE can make a difference.

I honestly want you to travel safely! ;)

9. Posted by Bex_88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 3y

Yes I've had a courses of each so I've had three jabs for Rabies and three jabs for Jap E... Hate needls too but had to be done!!

Where abouts have you travelled too? Would you say our 65L backpacks are ridiculously too big for a four month + trip?


10. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2254 posts) 3y

"... Would you say our 65L backpacks are ridiculously too big..."

Yes. For travel in warm countries via hotels/hostels with no camping then 40 litres is MORE than enough - with lots of room left over...

Have fun.