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I think that is putting it very, very mildly. Rabies is 100% lethal. And you don´t even have to get bitten to get infected by it.
I actually think it's something like 96%, but yes a nasty piece of work. I've also seen the result of meningitis carrying tigs...

So in general get the vaccinations, it might save your life.

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Ok I feel a need to reiterate on this thread: if you get bitten you MUST get treated even if you've been vaccinated. The only difference is the amount of time you have before the window expires. If you have not been vaccinated the treatment window is 24hrs. Rabies is 100% fatal, there has only been one recent recorded case of survival and she never will be right.
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I actually think it's something like 96%, but yes a nasty piece of work. I've also seen the result of meningitis carrying tigs...
Even if the death rate is 96% and not 100% (and I dont know which one, perhaps you know better than me) I would still take this thing pretty damn seriously.

Since there seems to be so many medical experts present, may I ask, what other disease could be transmitted by just getting a tiny drop of saliva of an infected animal on the wrong place in your body, and is practically guaranteed to kill you in a very short time? I think Marburg/Ebola-type of viruses might get close, but luckily those outbreaks have not been common.
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My initial course was paid for privately but administered free of charge at my doctor (NHS)

They could not fit me in for my boosters (second lot some years later), so I had to go to a NOMAD clinic to get these done!

all have been intra muscular.

back in 1992 I was given some inoculation that had to be injected into my stomach, that was not nice! I think it was for rabies but I am not sure!
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Even if the death rate is 96% and not 100% (and I dont know which one, perhaps you know better than me) I would still take this thing pretty damn seriously.

Since there seems to be so many medical experts present, may I ask, what other disease could be transmitted by just getting a tiny drop of saliva of an infected animal on the wrong place in your body, and is practically guaranteed to kill you in a very short time? I think Marburg/Ebola-type of viruses might get close, but luckily those outbreaks have not been common.
True, it does more or less not matter... the last 4% is probably just a abnormality in the studies.

Start by reading Rabies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Rabies vaccine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Rabies virus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, I stopped after the main article as I had enough after that.

But from what I gather it transfers by bite (Saliva).



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But from what I gather it transfers by bite (Saliva).
Infected animals saliva is infectious. And that´s not really the same as transferring only by bite, even though getting bitten is probably the most common method, and infected animals tend to bite.

Another important thing to notice here is, that although cases may not be common, rabies can still be found almost all over the planet.
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I took the vaccin when I went to eastern Turkey, Armenia and Georgia in 2010. Don't take the risk, you will encounter dogs (not necessary with rabies).
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Had my first jab yesterday, in the arm, Next is in 7 days time and then 28 days after that.
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Had my first jab yesterday, in the arm, Next is in 7 days time and then 28 days after that.
Remember to get the booster 12 months (+/- week) after the first one. As it then will last for 5 years.



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Remember to get the booster 12 months (+/- week) after the first one. As it then will last for 5 years.



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Vaccinations in the U.S. are exorbitantly expensive.

We got the rabies vaccinations in Bangkok at the exceptional Bumrungrad Travel Clinic for 600THB ($18us) each.

Travel Medicine Center | Bumrungrad Hospital Bangkok Thailand

We called beforehand to check which vaccine they were administering. It was the exact one the travel clinic in the U.S. was going to give us.

We also got some vaccinations at the Medi-Travel clinic at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Again, prices were way way way way lower than U.S. prices.

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Those in need of several vaccinations or medications who would be paying out of pocket for them (high deductible) would likely save the cost of their airfare by going a little early and getting these done outside of the U.S. system.
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I wouldn't worry about getting a Rabies Jab, just think about it ! after your very slow and agonising death of rabies, you will make the news on the TV in your home town & not to mention all the newspapers !!!! How goods that.....& I bet you may even get a mention in the Darwin awards f*$#@ Ripper you'll be famous !!!!! (in the local pub at least)
But you won't have bragging rights as you will be dead !!!:confused1:

Arrhhhh uumm better get that jab after all at least I'll be alive to whinge about the cost & still be able to ride my bike

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I wouldn't worry about getting a Rabies Jab, just think about it ! after your very slow and agonising death of rabies, you will make the news on the TV in your home town & not to mention all the newspapers !!!! How goods that.....& I bet you may even get a mention in the Darwin awards f*$#@ Ripper you'll be famous !!!!! (in the local pub at least)
But you won't have bragging rights as you will be dead !!!:confused1:

Arrhhhh uumm better get that jab after all at least I'll be alive to whinge about the cost & still be able to ride my bike

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If there is the slightest chance then there is no argument, get the jabs. If you remember the boosters then over the years the overall costs diminish significantly. Along with the rabies jabs, get a "Dog Dazer", they do work but you have to let them get into range, about 5 metres then the effect is spectacular but they certainly use up the batteries If anyone knows of a solar charger or indeed a Dazer that can be carried in a charger unit on the moto that would be ideal. In my experience on a moto all of the time you can outrun them but going walkies is a different matter.
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