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Vaccinations for Thailand

Postby chrisjbrady » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:52 am

We are researching vaccinations for our trip to work with abused elephants near Chiang Mai in Thailand. It seems swimming with elephiants is an option - so immersion in contaminated water seems a possibility. And the area is surrounded by farm land with dogs.

Unfortunately many of the web sites on health issues are confusing but the main one seems to be by the NHS at: http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/home.aspx

In our pre-travel consulation with our local GP / Nurse we are getting printouts of previous vaccinations that are in our medical records. And many GPs give vaccinations for common diseases for free. Hep A and Hep B can also usually be got for free at a NHS-run sex / GUM clinic.

So then there are the specialist jabs such as for Rabies, Japanese Enc., and Cholera. We reckon that the last is avoidable with care. So that leaves the first two. They are pricey but reading the warnings on the above NHS site we have decided to go with those.

We have found a number of orgs. offering travel vaccinations from various private organaisations. But the cheapest seems to be from the various local NHS Walkin Clinics.

And for Malaria - Doxycycline seems to be the best - and is not overly expensive.

Our local GUM clinic also gave us a set of sterilised needles and syringes in case we need local treatment, and also a set of sterilised water sachets.

Dengue fever is one concern because it is caught from mosquitos in urban areas in the day time. Loads of Deet is also on the menu.

Does anyone have any other warnings, reports, or stories about which jabs to have or not?
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Re: Vaccinations for Thailand

Postby kathyanne30 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:10 pm

I'm kinda in the same position when I went to the nurse she said for my trip I don't really nee the Japanese or the other one but there is a lot of dogs in Asia strays around the streets .. So I had the rabies one you have three injections they 50 pound each .. It does nt prevent you getting rabies just gives u a bit of time to get to a hospital to get more injections so if u get rabies u need about five injections i would be safe than sorry... Also the malaria I would get the most expensive ones cos the others make you sick you can a prescription from the nurse for about 17 it's about 44 pound but your health is number one
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Re: Vaccinations for Thailand

Postby chrisjbrady » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:00 pm

Having just visited the Nurse at our GP's she recommended Malarone NOT Doxycycline for Malaria.

Apparently Doxy sensitises the skin and exposure to the sun and high factor sun block becomes issues. Also with Doxy you have to take this for four weeks after returning home.

Confusingly Malarone goes by a number of different medical names. Malaone tabs. are not that expensive. Make sure you don't get sold bl**dy Chinese fakes which are causing bad situations in Africa.
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Re: Vaccinations for Thailand

Postby chrisjbrady » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:03 pm

Hep B vac. can usually be gotten at your GP surgery. Many GP's offer this for free. But if your GP charges then try a GUM (sex) clinic. It is possible to get a Hep A+B combi. vac.
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Re: Vaccinations for Thailand

Postby katherine15 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:17 am

Hi...friend, :)
In my opinion,The risks to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, e.g. activities abroad, length of stay and general health of the traveller. It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and /or antimalarial tablets. This is also a good opportunity to discuss important travel health issues including safe food and water, accidents, sun exposure and insect bites. Many of the problems experienced by travellers cannot be prevented by vaccinations and other preventive measures need to be taken..have a nice journey.. :)
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Re: Vaccinations for Thailand

Postby emsytravels » Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:58 am

Get the basic jabs free from your Drs - Hep A, Typhoid, Tetanus/Diptheria/Polio.

Your Drs should have a travel nurse who'll advise on what you need. It really does depend on a)when you're going (things like japanese encephalitis have a peak season), how long for and the activities you're doing.

You can also call a private travel clinic like Nomad and ask them over the phone what you'll need - if you phone them rather than book a consultation it's free!
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