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11. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I agree with a lot of the comments above-- Unless you plan on doing some volunteer veterinary work, I would consider the rabies vaccine optional.
I wouldn't routinely recommend that or the JE (Japanese encephalitis) vaccines for most travelers....

12. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

The thing with travel vaccination clinics is that they will always "strongly recommend" vaccinations that you may not really need because it's more $$$$ for them. Do a bit of research on the net and have a chat to your GP and then weigh up your chances of needing it.

I'm vaccinated up to the eyeballs at this stage. I've had Jap Enceph, the lot (except rabies).
I still ended up getting typhoid when i went travelling and I was very very ill for a number of weeks. So, they aren't 100% effective.

I wouldn't worry too much about the rabies one unless you think you may in areas that are very far from a hospital. Basically, if you get bitten you need to be within 24 hrs of a hospital.

I met a doctor in Peru who had been bitten badly on the leg by a dog. He hadn't had his rabies vaccine and so when this happened, he had to get five shots into the abdomen! OWWWWWWWW!!!
Moral of the story: Dont pet the pooches!

But the cost of those ones you listed there is about right. I know it feels like a lot of money but it's better to be vaccinated I think. It's easy to pick up diseases when you travel. And it's NO FUN being sick on the road. Think of it as an investment! ;)

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