vaccinations in the uk
how much should you expect to pay for the following jabs in the uk
hep b - free (see below)
menigitis A+C - free
menigitis Y - don't know
rabies - I was advised not to bother - just avoid dodgy dogs...
jap ench - didn't have this one
NB Hep B usually costs somewhere around £75 - health workers get it free (I think it took 8 weeks to have all the Hep B jabs as the blood test showed that it didn't 'take' first time around so allow plenty of time).
My local health centre nurse let me have it for free as I worked in the 'community' at the time and could easily come into contact with people with Hep B, I think they're free for people working in health, and similar activities.
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Rabies is a viral disease that can be transmitted among mammal species, including dogs, but also mice, bats, cats, etc., so you also need to stay away from other mammals. Often, you can't even tell if an animal is infected, so even a docile looking dog may be infected. If you plan to be around animals or work with animals in rabies risk areas, you should get the vaccine. You can get this information from a travel clinic.
Quoted from the Center for Disease Control website (http://www.cdc.gov)
"Should I be concerned about rabies when I travel outside the United States?
Yes. Rabies and the rabies-like viruses can occur in animals anywhere in the world. In most countries, the risk of rabies in an encounter with an animal and the precautions necessary to prevent rabies are the same as they are in the United States. When traveling, it is always prudent to avoid approaching any wild or domestic animal.
The developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America have additional problems in that dog rabies is common there and preventive treatment for human rabies may be difficult to obtain. The importance of rabid dogs in these countries, where tens of thousands of people die of the disease each year, cannot be overstated. Unlike programs in developed countries, dog rabies vaccination programs in developing countries have not always been successful. Rates of postexposure prophylaxis in some developing countries are about 10 times higher than in the United States, and rates of human rabies are sometimes 100 times higher. Before traveling abroad, consult a health care provider, travel clinic, or health department about your risk of exposure to rabies and how to handle an exposure should it arise."
Yup - and I have since changed my mind and have had part#1 of the Rabies vaccine - 4 weeks to wait for #2 - total cost £60 GBP - I have been told that the Jap Enc jabs are a bit dodgy and only necessary if going in rice fields or farming sitautions - the side effects sound a bit bad for this one... any comments?
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