You guys remember a few weeks ago when we went to the University of Washington Travel Clinic and got all those shots? Well, it is almost time to go back for round 2 (Hepatitis A and B boosters). And we have to decide soon whether or not we want to get vaccinated for rabies.
If you recall, the vaccination costs about $900 for 3 shots over the course of 3 months and will give us 7 days to get to medical care after a bite or scratch instead of the 24 hours you get without the vaccine.
My more conservative friends and wondering why we’re even questioning getting this. Other friends wonder why you even need shots at all.
I’ve been thinking about it a lot, and it comes down to more than just money. I think you can over-prepare, and getting obsessive about all the optional precautions is a good way to scare yourself out of taking the trip. Or at least enjoying it as fully as possible.
Last week I was thinking about this as I was walking to lunch, and out of the corner of my eye I saw some movement. I looked closer and saw two fat raccoons darting through the bushes in a yard making their way toward the street. When they noticed the oncoming traffic in the road and me on the sidewalk, they quickly scrambled back up in the yard to safety.
Raccoons! On a busy street in Seattle!
The raccoons kept me in their sights as I walked by, though I did have time to snap a quick photo with my phone.
That’s when it dawned on me that I could get rabies down the street from my own house in the right situation. You really can’t prepare for everything unless you live in a bubble, and I don’t want to live that way.
So I think I’m going to bypass getting the rabies shot. My friend Mimi agrees with me. She said I could let Warren get vaccinated and then push him into the path of any oncoming wild animals during our trip. I mentioned this plan to him and he wasn’t nearly as excited about it as I was. 🙂
What do you think? Can you over prepare for something like this, or should we take every precaution available to us?