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1. Posted by kevstump (Full Member 123 posts) 11y

Hi All,

I am planning to set off to SE Asia with my mates in august 2005 and we are sorting out vaccinations at the moment. I have heard that getting vaccinations for things such as rabies are expensive as are anti-malarials. We will be going to cambodia, vietnam, china, thailand, indonesia and malaysia and i was wondering if any other people had visited all these areas and what vacc's did they have? Is it worth forking out for these or shall i risk it?


2. Posted by moolieness (Full Member 48 posts) 11y

I would definately get anti malarials as mozzies are everywhere - when I went to the nurse we discussed all the options and I got some injections (diptheria(?sp), tetnus, hep A, polio and another one cant remember which one) which were free As for rabies, we discussed it and since I was not going to work with animals there did not seem much point paying for it. Just dont go near strange animals especially wild animals which seem unusually tame!!

Word of warning make sure you insurance company covers you for being bitten if you have not had the injection, as not getting the imjection before you go could be seen as negligant and render insurance policy invalid.

Best of all make an appointment to see your practice nurse and they should help you out.

Hope this helps:)

3. Posted by jam (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

Kev - best to check with your local doctor if they have a travel clinic. I got all the shots you mentioned above (incl rabies and Hep B) plus malarial tablets and it cost me £150. Which, if you think of it isnt alot to pay considering the downside. If your local GP doesnt have a clinic try and find one that does at will save you money if you go to Boots or Trailfinders.


4. Posted by ashley66 (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Anti-malaria meds can be bought in those countries for very cheap. Altho i would do some research on the type of anit-malaria meds due to the many side affects. there are three types: Larium (meflonique), doxycycline, and malaraone. Malarone is fairly new, least amount of side affects but also is the most expensive and not available everywhere. check this link out for info:

5. Posted by kerry21 (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

Im going to SE Asia in a month and am having my 3rd set of jabs tonight. As I will be there for 4 months they recommended me having Hep A, Hep B, Rabies, Japanese B Encephalitis, TB and Typhoid jabs. In total theyve quoted about £250.

Make sure you get them done in plenty of time as I left mine a bit too late and am just mananging to squeeze them into the time Ive got left!


6. Posted by moolieness (Full Member 48 posts) 11y

I forgot to say that I got my injections free of charge at the practice nurse so quite a shock to see that people had to pay.

7. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 11y

Quoting moolieness

I forgot to say that I got my injections free of charge at the practice nurse so quite a shock to see that people had to pay.

Are you serious? I've paid about $600AUD for injections and still have about another $100 to go.

8. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I am going to SE Asia in a couple of weeks. I have never been one to worry much about diseases in other countries (just be careful) but since I went for my yearly checkup recently, the dr. recommended for me to, at the very least, take antimalaria medicine ($90 US Dollars for 8 tablets, one per week). He gave me a prescription for Lariam for that. He also gave me an antibiotic (20 tables) anti-bacterial just in case Imodium or Pepto Bismol dont seem to do the trick.

I was late for my hepathitis shots, there are a serious of them so you have to plan that more in advanced. Insurance doesnt cover it so it can get expensive. The dr. didnt think I needed a thetanus shot...he just said, dont approach unfriendly animals especially those with saliva and foam coming out of their mouths...I mean, it will be pretty obvious to know if the animal has rabies or not.

Aside from that, the bird flu is related to chicken farms at this time (no need to go to a chicken farm), the rest can be preventable if you are careful with where you go, what you eat and drink.

9. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Imodium is a good idea just in case your stomach has trouble with different food. Most people I've met in Asia tend to discard their malaria doses after a while. It's a personal choice though. Whatever you feel comfortable with, of course

10. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

When the pharmacist said it was $90 for the malaria medicine, I debated for about 5 minutes whether to get it or not. You see, I am mean, I strategically and wisely accomodate my finances to obtain the largest return possible out of my money . But I am prone to mosquito bites so...have you ever heard of Murphy's Law? Well, we are old time would happen to me just because I decide to be "cheap" and not get the medicine...otherwise, I would said, the heck with that and all the rest of the vaccines!!