Also, everyone seems to have a separate answer for which immunization to have/not have. Instead of spending another $300 each on a travel doctor visit and following vaccines, do we really need : meningitis, typhoid and rabies? Better question, for everyone already in SEA or recently visited, did you have the above vaccines?
We both have all US required vaccines incl yellow fever and hep A & B.
As for Meningitis, I'm opting out of that one. It's really only a huge problem when staying with large groups of people for long periods of time(like dorms at colleges). Hostels don't really have that big of an issue regarding this.
Typhoid - I'm getting it with my Hep A booster as it makes the shot way cheaper. Whether I need it or not, I'm not sure.
Rabies - that's a dosey. The Rabies shot is crazy expensive(>$700 here in Canada). You have to get three and there's a strict schedual that one must follow(Shot on day 0, 7, 14). That's a lot of money in one pay period. It is a bad disease to get(100% fatal if untreated within 24 hours). That being said, if you don't plan on chasing after dogs with foaming mouths or dealing with animals a lot, then you should be safe to go without. If you still want to get it, do some research around your city to see if any Doctors, particularily at the University Hospital, have any intra-durmal rabies vaccination clinics. Having it intra-durmal allows the doctor to split each dose among a group of people wanting it(and thus the cost is split as well). The only downside of this is you are at the whim of the doctors schedual. They will usually give you one time and place to come and you have to rearrange your schedual to fit it. But, if you're with six other people, and can get the Rabies shot for only $100 rather than $700, I think it's worth it.
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