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1. Posted by 12hraphillips (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y

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Hi there,

Just one more question for today. I am currently getting my shots for my 5 month trip in South and Central America. I have decided to ge the tetenus, yellow-fever, hep a/typhoid injections. Rabies and Hep B take a month to do, so would need to start them now. What are peoples opinions on these? I have talked to the doctor and it seems that any bites from animals should be taken seriously whether you've had the vaccine or not. Is it worth the $500??

Thanks!

2. Posted by femby (Budding Member 29 posts) 1y

I think it very much depends where you are going for the rabies one. If you are going to be doing treks which would put you half a day or more from proper medical treatment, then I would consider it.

What countries are you going to?

3. Posted by 12hraphillips (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y

This is the dilemma I am having. I definitely want to get into the wildreness a bit, so being far from medical care is certian to occur at some point in the trip. no sure what countries we will be in yet, mostly Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia for south america, but for central america we have not plans yet.

4. Posted by femby (Budding Member 29 posts) 1y

Because of the countries you mention, where good medical attention can be further away than simple medical attention in remote areas, I would get the rabies shot. It buys you time. Stray dogs are everywhere in SA, most very friendly, rabies not common. But it isn't something I would want to take chances with.

Hopefully someone else will chime in!

5. Posted by inglorious (Budding Member 6 posts) 1y

Rabies is very uncommon in Peru. There were some cases up North 2 years back where children were bitten by vampite bats but that is the only case I have heard reported in the 7 years I've been here.

I had my rabies vaccine when I first came here but I would imagine it's long since expired and I'm not too concerned - so much so that when I got bitten by a dog all I did was clean it with iodine and didn't bother with rabies treatment.

6. Posted by 12hraphillips (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y

Thanks you both for your advice! I am going to see the doctor this afternoon so will decide by then :)

7. Posted by bahiaguide (Inactive 3 posts) 1y

maybe good to know for those deciding at the last moment :
here in Brazil you can get free vaccinations in every "posto de saude" (public health facility)

greetings from the tropIX of Salvador da Bahia

Ivan

8. Posted by 12hraphillips (Budding Member 10 posts) 1y

Ivan, is this true? I left it too late and can no longer get the rabbies vaccine as it takes 21 days at least. Would I be able to do this in Brazil instead? Or is it just free for citizens?

Cheers!

9. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 412 posts) 1y

I went for Rabies, it will last you for life and is the deadly illness without a cure.

I have it, I am debating yellow fever in soutern Brazil.

10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5556 posts) 1y

Quoting boulderman

I went for Rabies, it will last you for life and is the deadly illness without a cure.

I have it, I am debating yellow fever in soutern Brazil.

You mean you had 3 injections that give you a little more time to find a hospital with extra injections to take over there. Because that's the way it is. It just means you need a few extra injections instead of the injection at the wound and 5 over a 4-week period.

And last for life? That must be new, because as far as I know the basic one is the 3 injecitons over 21 days (day 0, 7 and 21) which last for 2 years. And still require the 2 extra injecitons incase of problem.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Mar-2013, at 07:20 by Utrecht ]