Rabies Vacine for India - is it neccessary??

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

Hey!I was in Thailand last year also and I decided to risk not taking Malaria pills and I decided against Japanese Encephalitus....I think in India you cant risk not taking Malarials...Im heading there myself in the summer and the doctor told me they are very necessary....as for the Japanese B Encephalitus, I dont think Im going to get it....i think you are most at risk if you are spending a lot of time in rural areas and around animals as its a tick bourne disease!but yeah, its a lot of money and the money you spend could be several days budgets!

12. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i just got back from a few months in india and i forked out for the shots befor i left and i'm glad i did - there is no vaccine left in india - it has all been recalled so if u get bit you will die. if you have had the shots there is enough time to airlift you to singapore for treatment but otherwise u r fucked. better to get the rabies than japanese e. - far more people in india die of rabies than jap. e. - and just for the record i saw MANY rabid dogs - atleast 20 or 30 all up and they do attack people - they usually rampage through the streets biting atleast 10 people and most of these people die. very few people die from japanese e. do what i did and get the rabies shots instead.

13. Posted by javedali (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


hi its not expencive to vesite to india if u wanna then give a chance to me

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

As other posters said, it depends what areas you are going to. I spent a month in India, North and South, and took malaria tablets. I did not get the rabies shot, and although I did see stray dogs, I never encountered one with rabies nor did I ever see a stray dog attack anyone (I saw more stray cows than anything). Does it happen? I'm sure it does, but don't let the other poster scare you too much.

I also did not get the Japanese E shot either.

I know a traveller who didn't take ANY malaria tablets. Mind you, he also drank the water which shows his level of risk taking. He didn't get sick, but why take such risks?

It all comes down to your comfort level and the advice from your travel doctor.

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

Rabies only buys time for the full treatment. So unless you plan to be in remote areas its unnecessary. The "stuff" about people dying from the bite refers only to untreated conditions. Sometimes a tourist is dumb enough to forgo treatment but that is just natural selection at work.
JE is unlikely unless in an area such as the Nepal-UP border, rural Andhra, etc. This one is problematic in terms of coverage. While a truly nasty disease I have chosen not to get it.
Malaria is an area where there are no simple answers. One must be an informed consumer. These medicines are by and large available cheaply in India. I use them because I didn't as the saying goes. However, you do need to be aware of the potential side effects. Hep A is a biggie and Typhoid is an easy one though only partially effective.

17. Posted by Akhilesh (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


"Rabies Vacine for India - Is it neccessary"

Not unless you are in the cities.

Hardly a case.

Akhilesh Gupta

18. Posted by Rob Curtis (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

As someone who works in travel medicine I find the level of false information on this site very worrying.

India has the highest rate of Rabies of any country in the world. If you do not have the vaccine find out about wound management. If you display symptoms of Rabies it is too late and the disease has a 100% fatality rate.

Hep B is free on the NHS when combined with Hep A.

Thailand has falciporal Malaria which is the far more lethal variety as it attacks the brain and can cause seriouse illness or death very quickly. India has a lower risk of falciporal Malaria but anti malarials are still essential.

Jap B Encephalitis is spred by Mosquitos NOT Ticks.

Please would you all visit fitfortravel.scot.nhs and nathnac.org at the very least before making any dicisions. Preferably have a consultation at a dedicated travel health clinic.

The cost of vaccinations, especially Rabies, is a very small price to pay when weighed against the possibility of a very painful death.


19. Posted by weaversgal (Full Member 107 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i have just spent 3 month in india and im now in thailand, when i went to my docs before coming out here i told her we were going to india, thailand, cambodia, vietnam and laos and she said deffo get the rabies injection, i paid 89pound for it from a local chemist and i can deffo say it was worth it, dogs are everywhere in india and personally i dont think its worth the risk... in Jaipur my partner and I were chased down the street by a dog! we ended up having to get in a rickshaw to get away from it and all we had done is walk past it.... another guy we spoke to in Maharastra had to run into the sea because he was walking down the beach and a pack of dogs started barking at him and he could only stay safe by running into the sea! things like that always happen when you least expect it!

also with reguards to malaria... by one box in the uk and then get the rest in india, it'll save you a fortune! we didnt even bother taking them after the first two weeks though which most people seem to end up doing...

as for the jap e injection id never even heard of it until coming to thailand so i havent had it, my doc didnt mention it either... i read it affects mostly asians rather than europeans

try not to worry to much just get out there and enjoy
if you want to know anything about india send me a message and ill do my best to help!

all the best

20. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm just in the process of sorting my jabs out and was considering getting the rabies one done. However I've come to the following conclusion:

If rabies has a 100% fatality rate, and the injections give you an extra 24 hours to get medical treatment, is there any point?

Or am I seriously missing something here?;)

I'm going to go with Jap Encephalitis though as it is actually a vaccination.