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Vaccinations - may have made a big mistake!!

Posted by roro1990 on 15/9/2013 at 18:22

Basically i'm going to SE Asia in 3 weeks time. Places I'll be visiting include BKK, Chiang Mai then into Laos, onto Cambodia and back to BKK. I knew I had to get vaccinations for the trip but i've been very busy the last few weeks and completely forgot about them!! I heard that you need to get vaccinations 4 or 5 weeks in advance and I just googled it and it seems I need a lot of vaccinations. Will I need to cancel my trip to a later date so I have adequate time for vaccinations, or can some vaccinations be avoided because of very low risk? Thanks

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Posted by somtam2000 on 15/9/2013 at 18:34 admin

Ahhh it depends which vaccinations you're talking about.

Shots that require multiple shots over a period you'll be able to get some of the shots in Bangkok for example (and probably Chiang Mai) so that will keep you covered to an extent.

Also, I'd be wary of what vaccinations Google tells you you need -- the NHS has a good vaccination summary page here. I'm no doctor (and, well, my vaccinations are prob out of date) but Hepatitis A and Typhoid are the first two to pop into my mind.

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Posted by Geer1 on 16/9/2013 at 00:17

Most people only bother with Hep A, Hep B and Typhoid. Then depending on where you are going in Laos and Cambodia and your personal decision you might want to take Malaria pills(I didn't bother).

Depending on your age and country you may already have hepatitis shots since some of these are done in some schools(Canada I already had Hep B).

Since I already had Hep B I used Vivaxim which is Hep A and Typhoid together, it recommends at least 2 weeks before travelling. Then you have to go in for a Hep A booster shot 6-12 months later. Twinrix also has an accelerated program where you get an original shot then at 1 week, 3 weeks and then a booster at 1 year.

Contact your nearest travel immunization office and ask what your options are and get in there asap. They will be able to help a lot more then we can... Maybe they will say differently but as long as you don't keep putting it off I don't see why there should be any issue with going on your trip.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 16/9/2013 at 04:50

Cancelling the trip would seem a bit over-doing it. Just get your first Hep A/B shot and typhoid vaccine then do the Hep follow-ups either in Thailand (I got my Twinrix here in Chiang Mai) or when you get home, and you're covered for 10 years. Of course your tetanus booster should also be done every 10 years. There are other vaccines that travel sources mention, like Japanese Encephalitis and rabies, but most travellers don't bother - up to you. This is a pretty safe part of the world, just look for hygienically-prepared food (cooked hot/fresh) and try to avoid mosquito bites so you don't get dengue fever.

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