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!!
#1 sharoonie has been a member since 27/10/2011. Posts: 14
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.
Thank you! Gotta love Travelfish. I also read Rabies vaccination required, too, but I refused to fall for that one...
#5 sharoonie has been a member since 27/10/2011. Posts: 14
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)