Monday, June 27, 2011

Immunization Against Rabies

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that travelers to South Africa get vaccinated against rabies and several other diseases before traveling to that country.

I'm headed up to the Manatee County Health Department in a couple hours to receive my inoculations against Yellow Fever and Typhoid. I have to go to the County Health Department because my health care provider (that used to be called your "doctor") doesn't have the vaccine.

Last week when I made the appointment for today I was informed by the Health Department that the rabies vaccination was made up of three shots and each shot cost $210 to be administered. Quick math says that its $630 to be vaccinated against the disease. Ouch!

Just now I called Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida to ask if they covered the vaccinations. They do not.

To me that is pretty backward thinking. I guess they prefer to spend tens of thousands of dollars on hospital stays and emergency after-the-fact treatments than to spend $630 to prevent having to spend those dollars.

As Jimmy Buffett says in his song "Migration", "Somethings are still a mystery to me while others are much too clear." I guess its clear that Blue Cross doesn't believe in the old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."


  1. If you or your child are exposed to rabies you have no coverage for the vaccine. They will take care of you when you are dying in the hospital. You have to go this one alone. Basically you are uninsured. I have been exposed and have to go it alone when I thought I was covered. It took them 3 days to let me know that I had no coverage. This was after hours of phone calls from me and my health care providers. Why did it take them so long to inform me that I was not covered? I could have started the vaccine 3 days ago.

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