Rabies Vacine for India - is it neccessary??

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1. Posted by Hannahwa (Budding Member 33 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Is the rabies vacine neccessary for India? It's just so expensive and i'm already forking out for hep B and Japanese E.

Can anyone advise?


Hannah x

2. Posted by retomer (Budding Member 16 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

No need for rabies shot.

3. Posted by Linger (Full Member 59 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Hannah,

I'm sure you're probably aware of this web site (http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/) - I found it really useful when I was checking out the immunisations required for the places that I'm going.

To answer your question, I would think it would be better if you were to make a trip to your local GP to determine which vaccinations that you need. Your risk of exposure might be higher depending on which part of India you are going to (suburbs/cities/highlands). ALternatively, you can call up NHS Direct for a free consultation - but suspect they will probably direct you to the above mentioned website.

Belive me - it's better to be safe than sorry. Ie. saving up on vaccinations when you could be spending a whole lot more on medical expenses!

Ps: I went to NHS clinic for the free jabs while I went to Trailfinders to get my rabies shot as they were cheaper. ;)

4. Posted by ghoshps (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


There is definitely no need for Rabies vaccines. You may go ahead with Hepatitis B vaccine, but it's not really necessary, however may be safe, in case you need blood transfusion in a not so clean medical facility. It keeps one free from mental agony.

Japanaese Encephalitis is not common in India, occassionally outbreaks in small poor quarters, but government remains in complete control over the situation.

Hope this will be of help.


5. Posted by Hannahwa (Budding Member 33 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all your advice guys,

Think may risk it and not get the rabies shot - think ill get Jap E as going to Cambodia and Laos after.

Han x

6. Posted by Twinkle (Respected Member 1112 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Its all about personal choice I reakon...have a chat with your doctor or nurse and weigh up the pros and cons.I chose to have mine last year as had everyone I met on my travels...but its expensive (asda pharmacy is the cheapest place to get it if u decided to go ahead!)to be honest i got mine as Im terrified of dogs so i was a bit paranoid!we had to make a trip to the hospital whilst in Thailand and met 2 guys in there who had been bitten by dogs on the beach!one guy had had his rabies before he went and had to only pay a small amount of money to get an extra shot, but the other guy who hadnt had it had to pay extortionate amounts for a full course of precautions including extra fees for blood tests etc and it was an alarming amount of money!
However if your not planning on getting entangled with wild cats and dogs i say save your money and add it do your travel fund!
As for Hep B, im in the middle of getting the course of 3 injections as Im headed to india this summer also, I dont reckon its a must have but i just whipped it in as its free so I thought why not?!?!

7. Posted by NicolaJ (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

We too "Ummed & Arred" about the rabies vaccination, especially as travelling with our 4 year old in India, but decided against it in the end. Try avoid petting animals, I was actually suprised at the lack of cats & stray dogs around, especially in Delhi & found any monkeys we came across very placid.

Whatever you decided, have a wonderful trip, India is an incredible place.

Happy & Safe Travels


8. Posted by Hannahwa (Budding Member 33 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Twinkle, do you mean your Hep B is Free?!

How much is the rabies jab at Asda?

Han x

9. Posted by Twinkle (Respected Member 1112 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yeah the Hep B is free!Just read your thing backover and saw that you had to pay for it?!?!Yeah it was just grouped with all the other Hep A, Typhoid etc free ones!I just got mine done t the doctors and I didnt have to pay anything!!!None of my friends paid for theirs either! I would double check with your doctor, as theres no reason you would be charged for that...the only ones you have to pay for are thing such as Japanese B, Rabies etc, ie the ones that you have to get Hepatitus B is given on the NHS.
As for Rabies....I got given the perscription from the doxtor and did some serious searching around all the pharmacies....tesco quoted £130!!!The cheapest I found was £86 from Asda!

10. Posted by heyuguys69 (Budding Member 14 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

whats the deal with jap E then guys? im going to india, nepal and all of south east asia and my nurse said to get it but 100 pounds plus 10.50 perscription thats 20 days living in asia. Im a gambling man do you think its really worth it?? what about malaria aswell i went to thailand last year and didnt bother but they strongly reccomend it for india, the thing is im going for 19 weeks so its about 140 pills, now thats expensive!!!!! any ideas
cheers guys and girls
happy trav's