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Oh dear..too late to vaccinate?

Posted by sidewinder on 4/1/2011 at 22:30

Myself and my girlfriend are going to Vietnam in less than 3 weeks, and pretty stupidly, we left thinking about immunisations until the new year, totally forgetting that you're supposed to get them quite a way in advance.

Myself, I'm not so worried about, all I think I need is a Hep A booster, the other essentials (Typhoid, Tetunus, Diphtheria) are still valid for me from when I went away in 2009. But I don't think my girlfriend has any of that :(

We've both booked an appointment at the travel clinic this week anyway, but is it too late? Will they refuse to immunise us now, or is it just less likely to be effective? And are we pretty screwed?

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Posted by francesstella on 4/1/2011 at 22:55

Unless you plan on trekking miles away from civilization in some seriously swampy places you'll be fine without any shots. Honest.

Take care,

FSH

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Posted by greektraveller on 17/2/2011 at 17:42

i wouldnt even think about going to these places without getting vaccinations. dont risk it

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Posted by sidewinder on 17/2/2011 at 22:30

Turned out it was fine, both our health clinics were able to give us everything we needed.
So the answer to my question is no, it is never too late!

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Posted by Thomas922 on 15/4/2011 at 10:51

Hey sidewinder...there is a WHO clinic in BKK if you forgot or want a cheap booster. World class place. Near Sala Deng train station. Same place that they make snake vaccine!

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Posted by heddenswest on 19/5/2011 at 10:36

Has anyone ever vaccinated at the Thai Travel Clinic, affiliated with the Bangkok Hospital for Tropical Diseases/Mahidol University?
I'm planning on heading there for immunizations...any experience with it or another place in Bangkok?

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Posted by Thomas922 on 19/5/2011 at 12:15

The red cross place near sala daeng station. I went there a few years back. Cheap. WHO affiliation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Saovabha_Memorial_Institute
It is a popular "snake farm" because they do venom research here. But just go in the main building. It is run by the Red Cross. No appointment needed.

http://www.thaiwebsites.com/vaccinations.asp

This lists another red cross location. But the snake farm is cool. I got a tetanus booster and a couple of other shots there. They gave me a book to carry around listing them that I still have.

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Posted by heddenswest on 19/5/2011 at 12:26

Thanks Thomas922...
I'll check it out.

I'm still curious about the Thai Travel Clinic...anyone?

Thanks!

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Posted by savorygal on 19/5/2011 at 15:55

i got vaccinated at the hospital for tropical diseases in BKK. very professional, efficient & inexpensive. you can make an appt on online.

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Posted by SBE on 19/5/2011 at 19:39

Mahidol University is a world leader in tropical disease research so their travel clinic is no doubt a lot more up to date and better informed than your local travel clinic back home! I wouldn't hestitate to get vaccinated there, though the Red Cross place is no doubt highly competent too.

BTW, the Mahidol travel clinic website has lots of good general information on things like malaria, dengue and rabies etc too.

http://www.thaitravelclinic.com/

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