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Rabies vaccine

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Rabies vaccine

Do I really need the rabies vaccine? I will be visiting Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. I’m not going off the beaten track. I’m getting conflicting info

Would appreciate comments


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I'm going to visit these three countries in Dec. The travel clinic here has advised against the vaccine. It has nasty side effects, and if bitten you are required additional shots, even if vaccinated (less though). I have decided not to take that vaccine. Will do other standard ones.

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We have been advised to have the Rabies vaccination as we will be off the beaten track and cycling quite a lot! I just wanted to say we have started our course and have not had any side effects at all!

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Not one expat I know has had rabies shots. #2 I don't know who or what advised you, but if it was a clinic then I would change my doctor.

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I go to Laos on a regular basis and I have had my rabies shots!

Exeter, United...
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Thank you, that’s helpful to know that other people are having them!

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I would highly advise you to get the rabies vaccine. Rabies is very very nasty if you contract it. If you don't get the required medical help you will die a horrible, slow, frightening and painful death. If you don't get it and contract rabies then you have a short period of around 24 hours (could be less or more depending on where you are bitten) to get to a hospital and receive an immunoglobulin shot and 5 shots of the rabies vaccine. The hospitals are not up to the level of the west and they may not even have immunoglobulin. You would then need to fly out of the country to a more developed nation. It's basically a race against time and bearing in mind the infrastructure is often very slow do you really want to take that risk?

Chances are you will almost certainly not be bitten by a rabid animal but it could happen. It's rare but it's possible. If you get the shots you have longer to get to the hospital because your body has built up some antibodies to fight the infection. Definitely go for the vaccine. I've had it with no side affects at all.

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As 7 above, you would be rather foolish not to have the vaccine if you are likely to come into contact with suspect animals. Cycling for example...

Rabies is serious. A rabies jab (3 in total) is not. Re-read above post carefully.

If a Doctor has advised you not to have it, it is probably because you are not going 'off the beaten track' or only on a short visit. That's fair enough. If you are on a longer trip, or off the beaten track, seek a second opinion.

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Have a look on fit for travel website as it has all the information on what you need for people in uk and it’s recommended by the government travel advice website

It’s worth contacting your gp as my understanding is you can void your travel insurance if you don’t follow advice

The advice will depend on your plans ect

My husband and I were not required to have it but we choise to pay for it as we go to quite a few places where their is a risk and don’t have the same levels of healthcare as the uk.

My understanding- but check it with your gp - is that the vaccination means that if you get bit ect you only need 2 injections but if you don’t have the jab you need 5 injections. Even with the jab if you are bit you would need medical attention also I think the vaccination give you longer to get medical help which is a good thing as all counties you mention do not have a lot of facilities and you might have to go to bangock

Edited: 25 November 2018, 16:44
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It is posts like the last one which render TA useless for health care advice. Firstly I know of no expat or local who has had rabies pre prophylactics. Secondly to say you might have to go to Bangkok is totally incorrect. The vaccine is available here. Why would you even post something like this when you obviously don't know the facts?

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