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Vaccinations and a query on taking medication to Asia

  • sophierose87

    Joined Travelfish
    11th June, 2010
    Location Australia
    Posts: 12

    Hello everyone

    I am yet to head to the travel doctor, and have searched online and on the forum, but just wondering what anyone's thoughts are on getting japanese encephalitis vaccination for 2 months in Asia? Spending 10 days northern Thailand, 2.5 weeks Cambodia (a week of that is at a place an hour out of Phnom Penh), and 3 weeks in Vietnam. Last time I went travelling was to China and the doctor basically said getting vaccinated was up to me, but I didn't end up getting jabbed for JEV. Thoughts?

    My second question: I have never travelled with prescription medication before except for malaria pills. Since my last trip I now have to take thyroxine pills daily - I assume its a good idea to get a doctor's letter for this? Also wondering if any one knows if some kind of product exists to keep medication cool? As mine is supposed to be kept under 25 degrees celcius....

    Thanks everyone, really appreciate the help!

    #1 Posted: 28/9/2010 - 12:54

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  • sophierose87

    Joined Travelfish
    11th June, 2010
    Location Australia
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    Probably should have pointed out in Cambodia I am spending a week living in Phnom Tamao while I volunteer at the Free the bears sanctuary. From the sounds of it this is the most rural part of my trip, not sure if this increases the risk of Japanese encephalitis? I am a soon-to-be vet, not sure if I will have hands on contact with any animals (but already vaccinated for rabies).

    #2 Posted: 28/9/2010 - 13:00

  • neosho

    Joined Travelfish
    13th August, 2008
    Posts: 386

    What's the contract rate for the disease. One in 10 or 1 in 100 million. Let that be your guide.

    #3 Posted: 28/9/2010 - 14:26

  • Nokka

    Joined Travelfish
    6th April, 2009
    Location United Kingdom
    Posts: 259

    My wife takes thyroxine and for our 4 month trip just took sufficient for the period. Her usual prescription usually isn't for that long, but a quick chat with the doctor sorted that out. She didn't need any more while there, but I reckon you'll probably be able to buy over the counter if you need more without prescription. It seemed to me that (in Thailand anyway) prescriptions were rarely needed for standard meds.

    A belt and braces approach may be to take a letter from your GP as well, as you say.

    #4 Posted: 28/9/2010 - 17:18

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