I work in fairly remote areas, where there are lots of roving dogs and other random wildlife. I highly doubt that they would ever cause me problems, but since it might be a day or two before I could get myself to a medical facility I have maintained the pre-rabies vaccine series for the past six years. This is, might I add, an expensive series of vaccines that require a booster every 2 years. When I lived in City I would just head over to the county health clinic and get my shot, no questions asked.
This week I've been attempting to find a place to get the booster shot, since it's time for the booster and I'm leaving for the field in less than two weeks. The county health center in my city doesn't carry it. The county health center in the large town north of us doesn't carry it. The county health center in the town south of us DOES carry it, but they WON'T GIVE IT TO ME because I am not a veterinarian.
Apparently IF I can find a place to do a titer and illustrate that my antibody levels are low, they will give me the shot. The fact that I called my local doctor's office and they said, "how would we test for that?" does not make me feel confident that this will be a useful option.
I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow. I'm hoping my doctor will just order the damned vaccine. I hope they can do it before I leave. I am full of rage at the idea that some damned panel of jackasses gets to decide whether my specific situation warrants a particular vaccination. What, are people doing pre-rabies as a recreational drug or something, that we need to dole it out only to "qualified" recipients?
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