Hi all, for those trekking around Asia and South America have you had Japanese Encephalitis injection?
Masta suggest there is a risk in number of countries but say the danger is related to rice fields and areas of pig farming.
I've had the injection. I was teaching in rural India for four months and was told it was 'highly recommended' so I went for it. It wasn't half as bad as some people make out - although you do have to pay for it, and start the course in plenty of time so you have the final injection before you leave.
Agree completely with Anna, the injection is fine, just expensive! Better to have it than to need it when you are travelling through Asia & South America. You may also think you won't go to "risk places" but when you get there your itinery may change at short notice as you meet people.
Thanks Anna/Mike & Sarah for your comments, I've now booked it in. I was checking a few blogs too and it seems that some of the treks happen to go thro rice fields so as you say best to get it done. Thanks for your advice.
I had the injections a few years ago. After the first one, I thought I had the flu - only sick for a day. The second one made me really sick for a week - 3 days in bed and another couple of days on the couch. The doctor would not give me the final shot due to my reaction to the second.