I'm weird and like to watch when someone is poking me with a needle, but some people are fine with needles only if they are not on the sharp end.I got mine, they were not bad at all (besides the expense). WAAAAYYY less painful than my tetanus shot.
I got a "deal" on my shots but they were still $200 each so I don't know what kind of crappy deal that was but oh well.
I got the RabAVert chicken embryo series of 3 vaccinations from Novartis. It was really easy did not hurt at all unless you are afraid of needles (and why you would be afraid of needles and go into vet med, I have no idea )
Same here! I was especially grateful for this when I looked at the estimate for the cost of the vaccinations earlier today.I was lucky enough to get my work to pay for them- I work in a diagnostic lab at school where we may be exposed to rabies so the school paid for it. Just something to look into for those of you that might be working in similar labs!
Ditto. I'm the 22 year old who still goes to the pediatrician and cries before the doctor even enters the room. Its sad...and yet SO SCARY.this thread is making me very nervous. I am one of those of is Terrified of needles/vaccines - Coming at me that is. fine going the other way.
Do you have an employee health department? I work at a hospital and our EH can actually give vaccines there (although not rabies as far as I know). Your boss may know or HR would be my next stop.Hmm..so how can you find out if your work will cover it? Did you just talk to your boss about it? I work at a Health Science Center in a research lab, so I might be able to get away with that.
I would say either talk to the person in charge of insurance policies at work, or call the insurance company directly.Hmm..so how can you find out if your work will cover it? Did you just talk to your boss about it? I work at a Health Science Center in a research lab, so I might be able to get away with that.
I had to get the series for vet tech school in 2004.
After the second booster, two days later I broke out into hives. And those hives lasted for about two months.
I went back to the doctor that does the rabies immunizations, and she said "no way" was she going to give me another one, and that if I wanted it, she could give it to me to take to the ER so they could rescue me if I went into anaphylaxis!!! Apparently an allergy to the adjuvent is not unheard of.
So I am concerned if they are going to give me crap at VMRCVM about it (starting this fall). I mean, I guess I can do the whole benadryl/ER route, but I'd rather not if I don't have to!
I think you can sign a waiver if you choose not to get vaccinated for medical/religious/other reasons. Last year, the first-years could get their shots through the school. Some of them were getting the last one when I had my interview. But, I think you might have to get them done before class this year... I'm not sure.So I am concerned if they are going to give me crap at VMRCVM about it (starting this fall). I mean, I guess I can do the whole benadryl/ER route, but I'd rather not if I don't have to!
I am not sure what the number of years is before you need a titer. I would just call the school and ask.I got my rabies vacc about 3-4 years ago. Do I need to get a titer done?
Out of curiosity, who is your provider? Blue Cross Blue Shield by chance?I called my insurance company and they said they would cover them if I needed them for travel,
I got my rabies vacc about 3-4 years ago. Do I need to get a titer done?
Double check on that because our Georgia AVMA insurance rep looked in to it for me and they WOULD NOT cover rabies vaccines. For anyone going to UGA, RV are required by the end of the first semester and the university health center does them for $105 each. Best price around Athens unless you private insurance covers it.The AVMA student insurance will cover rabies vaccines. Unfortunately, they decided to cover them after I had already chosen a different carrier and gotten the shots. But I think that the price difference between the two plans worked out so that it was actually cheaper that way anyway.
Maybe you can get the titre done instead. If your antibody titre is high enough then you won't need to get another dose. Not sure what happens later when your titre drops though
is it possible that they use different adjuvants in the different manufactured rabies vaccines? i know it's hard to get that kind of information out of drug companies but maybe if they do use different ones you can find out which one you were vaccinated with and try another type?Sadly my titer the next year was zero! (after 2 vaccines...weird!)
I will probably do a waiver, although I hate this because I am interested in wildlife, and this will really get in my way/increase my risk significantly.
Out of curiosity, who is your provider? Blue Cross Blue Shield by chance?
Why not just tell them you're traveling? As a rather helpful individual suggested to myself, just tell them you're going on the VIDA trip or something.
Edit: Bwahahha this is post number 1,234. Excellent.
Kaiser Permanente also will not cover it if it is needed for work, school or travel. They are always happy to cash the $1000 check I send them every month though.No, my provider is Cigna. I'm going to say it's for travel, but even if they believe me, I still have to meet my $500 deductible, so I will only get about $100 back if I'm lucky.
I wish I could go on one of those VIDA trips!! I just can't justify spending that much money right before vet school.
Man that really pisses me off about insurance companies not covering it if it's required. They know you have to have it so you'll pay for it out of pocket if necessary, and thus they save money.
Good business for the bottom line but ****ty ethics.