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Rabies vac required now for Bali?

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Rabies vac required now for Bali?

Hi Folks,

My wife and I are heading to Bali in September and want to know do we need the rabies vaccination or not? We have been to Thailand in 2009 and had most of the shots then but didn't need rabies. The nhs doesn't fund the rabies course and it's a 3 course vaccination so need to start thinking about it now before it's too late.

We are staying in Sanur, and maybe will take a few day trips around the island. Don't want to go near monkeys!



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1. Re: Rabies vac required now for Bali?

I would say you do not need a rabies vaccination. I've been to Bali many times, including to the monkey forest, and haven't come close to being bitten by anything other than mozzies.

In the unlikely event of getting bitten by a monkey or dog I believe you can get the shots retrospectively.

I am not a doctor though so if you are unsure maybe you should seek professional advice rather than relying on amateurs like me :)

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2. Re: Rabies vac required now for Bali?

I quote from a print out re vaccination Recommendations for travel to Indonesia

Rabies: All travellers IF you might be exposed to wild or domestic animals through your work or recreation.

Travellers to Bali and other areas of Indonesia are strongly advised to avoid direct contact with dogs, cats, monkeys & other animals that carry the disease. If your activities in Bali will bring you into contact with animals such as dogs, cats, bats or other carnivores, you should consider pre-exposure rabies vaccination.

Contact as in touching/feeding etc or working/caring for dogs at BARC Bali Dog Adoption centre.

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As far as I know no one has yet heard of a Monkey infected with rabies in Bali. Dogs yes and the culling has been massive over the past few years.

The final decision rests with you, all we can give is our opinion and what we choose for ourselves and our families for those who have one.

I do not worry about it, I just keep an eye out for dogs in the street and that's it.

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4. Re: Rabies vac required now for Bali?

As mentioned it is a personal decision.

The rabies vaccine is a series of three injections over 3 or 4 months.

In Australia it is quite expensive.

As with all medical concerns consult your doctor.

For general tourists in the main areas the risk is very low.

The monkey colonies are closely monitored for any infections.

Mick: Ps Just did a tour of Ireland and Downpatrick was very interesting.

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