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vacinations- a need?

  • roupap

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    Hello Travellers! Im planning a trip to Laos_ cambodia in April. what are your experiences as far as vaccination concerned ? im not generally very kin into taking unnecassary treatments or vaccination or tablets. so, how important is that really ?
    Thank you all for your help!!!!

    #1 Posted: 28/2/2012 - 10:35

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  • Rufus

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    22nd April, 2007
    Location Laos
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    Hep A, Hep B, typhoid and tetanus are shots that anyone should have, travel or no travel.

    #2 Posted: 28/2/2012 - 20:57

  • captainbkk

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    16th February, 2012
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    consult a specialised doctor.
    Even-depending on where you from-your travel insurance may be invalid if you did not take sensible precautions about that. Very unwise to only rely on a forum like this for info.

    #3 Posted: 1/3/2012 - 01:53

  • tyler

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    If your not too keen on getting hepatitis, malaria, typhoid...ect - don't worry about it! People have vaccinations and take medications with them for good reasons. Any travel clinic will be able to answer all your questions and then you can decide for yourself if you need or want any of them. It is a good idea to get your information from a physician rather than relying on a travel forum.

    #4 Posted: 1/3/2012 - 08:07

  • lucasdg

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    The trouble with vaccinations is that it's like insurance...you don't know if you'll need it or not until you get sick! To an extent it's an individual choice, but I think for the cost and effort it's an easy choice to get any vaccinations that are recommended by your GP for travel into that area.

    #5 Posted: 8/3/2012 - 17:36

  • busylizzy

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    I agree with Rufus: Hep A, Hep B, Tetanus and Thyphoid make sense for general travel. Malaria tablets are debateable. I've carried them twice and never taken them as like you, I don't like taking stuff. I had them ready in case I ended up in a mozzie-infested area. However, that would only help protect me against malaria, not dengue fever (for which there is no preventative medication) therefore I decided the best thing for me in the end was to just be sure to cover up and wear plenty of repellent.

    Of course, I'm just a project manager - not a doctor. So who am I (or anyone else on this forum) to be advising you? But I did my research, and made my decision based on the risks that I was prepared to take. Yes, I did get the 4 vacs mentioned at the start of this post - but I have returned to SEA several times, plan to go back many times more, I eat streetfood -and decided that those made sense for me, in spite of my reluctance.

    #6 Posted: 8/3/2012 - 18:00

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