Rabies and Hepatitus and Typhoid, Oh my!

In order to be permitted to work, visit and live in Bangladesh I need to get the 3rd world country series of vaccines.  I went yesterday to my MD and started the process.  It is a little frightening – to get all those shots – but I was reminded of a scene from one of my favorite movies, The Tall Guy and it made it all better.

I also need a health assessment to insure that the school is not going to invest all this money to bring me over only to find out that I will need back surgery, have an incurable disease, or anything that might otherwise make it impossible for me to fulfill my teacherly duties. They took a lot of blood.  I mean a lot.  So much so that I was waiting for some volunteer to come by and offer me some Lorna Doones or OJ like when I donate blood at the Red Cross. Oh yeah, and I had to pee in a cup.  You don’t get Lorna Doones for that though.

The only vaccinations they couldn’t do at the visit yesterday was Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, and Typhoid.  Yes you read it right, RABIES.  I jokingly asked if I could just have our veterinarian do it and my MD laughed……but didn’t answer.  So, I wonder…..? I will have to go to the “Travelers Clinic” in uptown to get those vaccinations.

I am kind of excited about the Rabies vaccination.  I can’t really explain it.  OK, ok, for a BRIEF period of time I thought I might get a shiny tag to wear indicating that I have been vaccinated, but that would have been ridiculous (would it?).   It’s not that I have been living my life in constant fear of contracting rabies.  Maybe I am excited because all growing up I was never allowed to approach unknown animals;  domesticated, wild or otherwise.  If we saw a random dog my Grandma or Mom would say “Don’t go near it, it may have rabies.”  Playing in the backyard when a squirrel wanders too close – “Get AWAY, it may have rabies”.  Now, I saw (and read) To Kill a Mockinbird and I was always struck by the way that Atticus put down that Rabid Dog, because he HAD to.  No one was shouting at him to “GET AWAY it has RABIES”, well he did have a gun, but that is beside the point.

After I get MY Rabies vaccination I will be able to approach any animal.  “It’s OK Mom, I have been vaccinated”.  And if a rabid dog wanders into town, screw the gun, I will put it down with my BARE HANDS, because I will have to.  If you have a Rabies Vaccination you don’t need a gun.


****Please, this post is mostly satire.  No child should ever approach an unknown animal; domesticated, wild or otherwise.  It may have Rabies***



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