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Japanese Encephalitis and Malria Meds Really Necessary for Laos and Cambodia??

  • sharoonie

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    Hi There,

    I'll be in Laos for 3 weeks in December and will most likely do a hill tribe trek and visit a national park or two. Next, 1 week in Siem Reap and a couple of days in Battambang. I keep reading on the web that I need a Japanese Encephalitis vaccination and malaria pills before I go. I know most of you are probably not international medicine physicians, but if you are in a position to let me know how necessary those things are, I'd appreciate it!!

    Thanks!

    #1 Posted: 1/11/2011 - 10:46

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  • Rufus

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    I don't know where you read this, but it is not correct. You need neither.

    #2 Posted: 1/11/2011 - 12:12

  • altmtl

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    I'm not a medical expert but I'd pass on the Japanese Encephalitis. I stopped taking Malaria tabs when I last went to India. Hep A/B,Tetanus and Typhoid.


    See:http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/laos.htm

    #3 Posted: 1/11/2011 - 16:40

  • altmtl

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    Actually I think you have a better chance of being in a traffic accident or catching an STD than catching JE - lol

    #4 Posted: 1/11/2011 - 22:34

  • sharoonie

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    Thank you! Gotta love Travelfish. I also read Rabies vaccination required, too, but I refused to fall for that one...

    #5 Posted: 1/11/2011 - 23:55

  • altmtl

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    Just stay away from stray dogs & monkeys :)

    #6 Posted: 2/11/2011 - 00:56

  • tyler

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    I have been to SEA for four months in each of the last 4 years and have never been vaccinated for rabies or JE. Both of these are quite expensive and require multiple shots (2 for JE and 3 for rabies).
    I do take malaria meds when I travel just because I don't really know where I'll end up - I'm covered just in case. I met a traveler one year on the Bay Islands, Honduras (not a malaria zone) who had malaria.
    It is not pretty and it does happen...I'm talking about malaria (but I think it also applies to the traffic accidents and STD's)
    Enjoy...Asia!

    #7 Posted: 2/11/2011 - 07:59

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