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The importance of vaccines

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I just read in The Irish Times that a woman has died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast because of rabies. Since December, when he was diagnosed with the always deadly disease, Lisa McMurray remained in the Intensive Care Unit and has sadly moved to statistics as the first person diagnosed with rabies in Northern Ireland in the last 70 years.

How did he get it? In Africa, where he had traveled several times for a couple of years, and where he worked in December 2006 on an animal reserve in South Africa. At that time, he sent emails to his family commenting that, in the process of separating two fighting dogs, he received several scratches.

I don't know if they treated her then, if they just cleaned the wound with an antiseptic or what they did, but from Viajablog, I would like to remind you that more important than a plane ticket is that yellow booklet that contains the list of vaccines, dose and dates of administration of the same and that you should always have up to date. Of course you can never forget or leave for the last moment.

Health care in remote areas can be, at best, basic or expensive, and at worst, nonexistent or extraordinarily expensive. Make sure before leaving on the trip that you are adequately vaccinated for the area you are going to visit and that your insurance would cover the costs of medical treatment or evacuation, if necessary.

Travel, and much, but we all travel safe.

Source | The Irish Times (English)

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