I'm going to be traveling for almost 4 months this coming fall.
I'll be starting in Bali and passing briefly through Malaysia on my way to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Burma...
I am in the process of determining which vaccinations I need to get but they are expensive and not covered by insurance where I am currently living.
Malaysia ostensibly has good health care.
Can anyone comment?
Any thoughts on getting vaccinated there (Hep A, typhoid, maybe Japanese encephalitis?...)?
I'm also considering the rabies vaccination prior to Bali. Comments on that?
Thanks for your time
#1 heddenswest has been a member since 7/1/2011. Posts: 32
We started our series of shots for Rabies yesterday (we live in Bali). There have been over 120 fatalities now from rabies here on Bali and while the authorities are starting to get their act together, there's still a hell of a lot of un-vaccinated dogs about the place (it's apparently ok to get bitten by one with a red collar!)
If you're only spending a brief time in Bali then I probably wouldn't bother with it, but if you're spending a bit of time here, then yes, I'd get the shots.
Cost wise, for a family of four, it is costing 1,860,000 rupiah for the full series of shots.
I've not spent anytime in Malay hospitals so can't really comment on that sorry.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,789
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Thanks for your help Somtam...
I'm very torn about the Rabies and know I need to talk with a doctor about it too.
I live in Japan, vaccinations are expensive and not covered by insurance. I'll only be in Bali for about 10 days but hope to do more than sit on a beach...hiking and getting off the beaten path a bit.
I'm also traveling throughout SE Asia for awhile after that.
#3 heddenswest has been a member since 7/1/2011. Posts: 32
Malaysian healthcare is generally well subsidised... so you dun have to be worried of getting overcharged if you get admitted...
As for immunisation,
1. Get BCG vaccination done... its a must nowaday...
2. If you going on nature tour... get malarial prophylaxis...