Rabies vaccination

I am cycling Vietnam with exodus in March and the nurse at my doctors advises me to have rabies vaccine. Is this really necessary. I have already had to pay for hepatitis B vaccine which again I am not convinced was necessary and malaria tablets. The medication is costing a fortune. Thanks

Exodus Response:
Rabies disease is present in countries you will visit, but the risk of it is low. It is important to understand that rabies vaccination only gives you more time to get to the hospital if wild animal or a dog would bite you. You still need to have proper treatment in such case.
If you do not have rabies vaccination, in case you would be bitten, you must reach hospital within 24 hours. On this trip, you are much closer to the hospital, and in that case, most of travellers would decide not to take the vaccination.

Other reference: You can always check the NHS website: Fit for Travel

Rabies is always fatal, so cost of injection is worth it. just my opinion as I work in NHS.

Having worked in General Practice all my life and regularly travel with a group of dedicated travel nurses to do voluntary work in Kenya, they would be horrified about anyone not having rabies vaccine. It is vital to 'buy some extra time' to get treatment of bitten. Dogs/bats! And dogs do love to chase bikes so definitely worth the money.

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