We are travelling to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia and possibly Indonesia. Flying in to Bangkok First of all can we get vaccines there???
We leave in a month, so some of the injections that are suggested we are not able to get, so we wondered if we could get them done while we were out in Thailand. Also do people know if this works out cheaper to have the injections out there??? Any help or advise on what to have would be great.
We are off traveling, stopping in hostels etc, but not doing anything extreme, this is the first time we have been traveling for any extended amount of time, so we wont be wondering off into the wilderness, straight away!
Are you in the UK? Have you asked your local GP about injections? Some give them some of them free: we got given typhoid, tetanus, polio, Hep A and Hep B for free.
You can get jabs done in Bangkok. We got rabies and Japanese encephatis jabs at the Red Cross hospital. It's next to the snake farm. It's a world-leading vaccine hospital so it's reputable and it's quite cheap. However, for some injections you need a course rather than one. For example, for us, we needed 3-4 over a month period. We were living near Bangkok at the time so it was fine, but it's something to think about it you are travelling on from Bangkok quickly.
However, you don't actually need to get Japanese encephalitis and rabies vaccines unless you are going to be working with animals and/or spending long periods in the jungle. Exactly which jabs are you asking about?
I don't know of any vaccinations that are strongly recommended for travellers on regular tourist tracks. Hepatitis is a minor risk, so I'd vaccinate against that, as well as against tetanus and polio.
The main health issue in many areas of South-East Asia these days is Dengue fever (mainly during and just after the rainy season). There are no vaccinations against it, but it helps to recognise the symptoms when you catch it, so look up some websites (Wikipedia is okay). If you think you might have Dengue, head for the nearest (ideally best) hospital. Don't take Aspirin, it's dangerous; Paracetamol is okay. Dengue would take about 10 days off your travelling time, and it normally takes people several weeks to fully recover.
Question to Rat on the Road - did you have to ask for those vaccines to get them for free or it is just standard procedure here in UK??
We went to our GPs and asked what injections were recommended for travel to South East Asia. Those were the ones they recommended.
Having a meeting with GP so will find out ;-) Local Travel Clinic do charge for those ;-(
Yeap all done now and for free ;-) We were advised to get rabies as we plan to go to South America as well. How much did you pay for them in Bangkok (100£ in UK)?? also has anybody bought malaria tablets in SE Asia?? Does it work cheaper than in UK as we were told yesterday that we need them for the whole stay in Laos and Cambodia which would be 200£ each ;-(