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1. Posted by hannah13 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys...

Off to South America in a month, and STILL can't decide whether to get a rabies vaccination or not! Trying to find out what the majority of people do...?!


2. Posted by Macachae (Full Member 240 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The question is... Are you planning to visit main cities like Buenos Aires?? or Will you go on trekking or jungle trips???

3. Posted by asa39 (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The thing about the rabies vaccine is that even if you do get it, post-bite medication will still be essential. The difference is the time you can afford to spend post-exposure if you are bitten; immediate access to a medical facility is essential if you are not vaccinated, where as more time can be spent looking for a facility if you are not. So the question is where will you be going, and if you will be a near a facility capable of administering a treatment in the event of a bite.

4. Posted by cat.n. (Budding Member 32 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello all - same prob really, not sure what to do about getting my rabies jabs, i'm going to be starting my trip in venezuela, then down through brazil all along the coast, the northern tip of uruguay, down through argentina, then up through chile, boliva, peru and finish in ecudor. I will be taking in pretty much all of the capital cities but will also be visiting some quite rural areas and will be spending a total of about 3 weeks in the jungel. My doc said that it is recommended but not a huge requirement, and also said that the reactions can be quite nasty. i know its really a case of using my own jugement, but i was just wondering if anyone out there has had it and become quite ill (the jabs i mean, not rabies!) or if anyone has got any horror stories to sway me towards getting it.
Thanks guys Cat xx :)

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys

I opted not to get the Rabies vaccination for South America. For the most part I wasn't in contact with animals, so I was fine. However, I did get attacked by a dog in Cuzco who jsut went crazy at me. A local man came to my aid so nothing happened, but I started thinking that maybe I should have had it.

I'm in the process of getting more vaccinations at the moment for SE Asia and Ive decided to go ahead with the rabies one. Of course, the travel doctor put forward a strong case for it, what with it being $145 each for 3 injections!

Just a tip she gave me that might come in handy for someone:

If you do get bitten by an animal, get their saliva off the wound as quickly as possible. Lots and lots of clean water. If the wound is superifical, you'll most likely be okay.