Rabies vaccinations in Taichung?

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Rabies vaccinations in Taichung?

Postby waigui » 11 Jul 2004, 23:11

Does anybody know where I can get rabies vaccinations in the Taichung/Zhanghua area (no, I'm not frightened of the local dogs nor have been bitten by them, I'm just travelling)? Also, what brand/trade name of rabies vaccination are used in these places, if they in fact exist?

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Postby Joesox » 11 Jul 2004, 23:56

Sorry, no specific information, but the first place I would try would be the China Medical College Hospital (Zhongguo Yiyao Xueyuan) on Xueshi Road in Taichung.

I'm interested in any information people have about vaccinations in general. I'm not travelling out of Taiwan and don't need a rabies vaccination but I'm due to get hep B. and typhoid boosters.
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I don't know if this will help you or not . . .

Postby waigui » 12 Jul 2004, 01:26

since you're not travelling but my doctor said that there was a clinic in the airport itself. Bit of a pain in the ass to travel there before the actual date of departure.

The only other advice that I can think of is trying out your county health bureaus. I managed to get malaria pills but no rabies vaccinations in Zhanghua, where I live right now.
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Postby bobbe » 12 Jul 2004, 09:40

When I went for vaccinations before traveling the nurse told me it isn't necessary to get a rabies vaccine and if you get bitten by something you could administer the vaccine for some time after the bite. But that's assuming there will be a hospital nearby wherever you get bitten!
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Postby mrjared » 13 Jul 2004, 23:09

According to Taiwan's Center for Disease Control at http://203.65.72.83/En/dpc/ShowPublicat ... ?RecNo=712, No cases of rabies have been reported in Taiwan since 1959.

Taiwan CDC has places listed: http://www.cdc.gov.tw/en/di/ShowPublica ... ?RecNo=567
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Thanks to everybody who wrote in!

Postby waigui » 13 Jul 2004, 23:28

This information is gonna be very useful (so, I guess, thanks especially to mrjared). joesaw, I hope that what little information I gave you is helpful.

Thanks again,

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Re: Thanks to everybody who wrote in!

Postby Joesox » 15 Jul 2004, 12:17

waigui wrote:joesaw, I hope that what little information I gave you is helpful.
Thanks Waigui, actually I'm just being lazy. I have a couple of doctor friends and I'm sure they could tell me where and how to get booster immunizations. When they do, I'll post the info. I'll check with them about the rabies jab as well.

What I was told in the UK was that a rabies immunization simply buys you time. If you're bitten by an animal in a place that has rabies, you need to get jabs whether you've been immunized or not. The difference is the amount of time you have. If you haven't been immunized, you need to get a jab as soon as possible and at least within 24 hours if I remember correctly. If you have been immunized, you have a bit longer -- useful if you're in a remote place.
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Re: Thanks to everybody who wrote in!

Postby robert_storey » 15 Jul 2004, 22:15

joesax wrote:
waigui wrote:What I was told in the UK was that a rabies immunization simply buys you time. If you're bitten by an animal in a place that has rabies, you need to get jabs whether you've been immunized or not. The difference is the amount of time you have. If you haven't been immunized, you need to get a jab as soon as possible and at least within 24 hours if I remember correctly. If you have been immunized, you have a bit longer -- useful if you're in a remote place.


Actually, it buys you a little more than that. You'll need far fewer shots to eradicate the infection if you've been vaccinated first. Also, I think you'll have a lot more than 24 hours. Rabies isn't fatal - at first. Spends some weeks incubating before it reaches the brain, and during that time there are no symptoms. Once it reaches the brain, you're a goner.

A rabies vaccination isn't a bad idea, but I don't know anyplace in Taiwan that does this. I've noticed that the Taiwanese are not big on getting vaccinations anyway - they get the childhood ones that the government requires before you can attend school (like polio), and that's all.

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Postby Spack » 17 Jul 2004, 11:24

joesax wrote:the China Medical College Hospital (Zhongguo Yiyao Xueyuan) on Xueshi Road in Taichung (Taizhong).


Just to be picky, the biggest and best hospital in central Taiwan is now a university hospital:
China Medical University Hospital (Zhongguo Yiyao DaXue).
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Ah, darnit.

Postby waigui » 18 Jul 2004, 11:45

So I went to Taichung, tried to go to the Center for Disease Control, only to find that it had moved from the present site for two years. Ain't bureaucracy grand? :roll: Still, thanks to joesax for giving me the information.

After the security guard at the site, which was a bank, gave me the correct address, I had to get a taxi all the way to the boonies and they outright refused to give me a rabies vaccination, saying that it wasn't needed even though I explained that I was going to a high-risk area. Again, ain't bureaucracy grand? :roll:
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