MaPoSquid wrote:Hepatitis vaccine is just about the safest one out there. I don't know why hoedad is worried; been reading too much trial-lawyer propaganda??
Because walking into health care facilities for unnecessary injections seems to me to be an unnecessary risk. Small risk, yes, but strep and incompetence are very common in hospitals, and combine that with getting an injection... it just seems like something to avoid if possible.
I would argue that one's chances of contracting hospital-related illness while getting a hep. vaccine is probably greater than actually contracting hepatitis while in Taiwan, especially if you're only going to be here for a short time.
And Japanese encephalitis? C'mon. That's silly. Serious, I don't have any figures on hand, but I suspect the odds of contracting Japanese encephalitis while in Taiwan, even for years, are far, far lower than contracting any number of illnesses given a 4 hour stay in a hospital and one or more injections.
"More people die every year from hospital infections (90,000) than from all accidental deaths (70,000), including motor vehicle crashes, fires, burns, falls, drownings, and poisonings." See http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/nosocoml.html
I'm sorry, but you are clearly barking mad and a paranoid loon to boot.
Hep A and B vaccines don't protect just while in Taiwan, they protect for life (subject to booster shots for B). They're not a bad idea at all. They are standard for children nowadays, and they are among the lowest-risk vaccines.
Japanese encephalitis, there are no useful numbers for Taiwan. The reason is that the entire population gets immunized as children, and the disease is usually asymptomatic (except when it's confused with influenza, or when it is spectacularly fatal), so there's no way to calculate the risk. I can say from personal experience that I was in Taiwan for less than ten days and got it. (To be specific, I contracted it on Tuesday May 28 2002 at 5:15pm outside the National Palace Museum, roughly two days after arriving, while waiting for a bus. The 220 bus, if I recall correctly.)
So your dismissal (although you "don't have any figures at hand" and couldn't be bothered to look up anything about it) is IMHO somewhat irrational.
As far as your figures on hospital-acquired infections: primus, the organization whose information you cite is an advocacy group which is hardly unbiased; secundus, you somehow forget that people are usually in hospitals (as opposed to their doctor's clinic) because they have a major illness, require surgery, are undergoing childbirth, or otherwise have serious problems, which increases their risk of getting a secondary infection.
I have rarely been at a doctor's clinic for more than an hour, not the "four hours" you claim -- they're too damn busy to see anyone for four hours, and they usually don't go so far off schedule that they make you sit and wait that long (or if they do, they start cancelling appointments).
I therefore adjure you to begone, foul fiend, and get thee hence to the foul pit of Hell from whence you . . . oh, wait, wrong closing. In short, I think your irrational fear of vaccination is clouding your judgement.