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1. Posted by bjmosk (Budding Member 22 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello.. I'm going around the world starting in December. Basically we're planning to go anywhere and everywhere. Where can I find out exactly what vaccinations are required? Any experiences with this? Thanks much

2. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Go to your local Tropical Clinic or Tropical specialist, not normal GP. But make sure you have an idea where you're going, so they can recommend vaccinations depending on the area. If you're not sure about certain areas, I'd go for the vaccination anyway, just in case.

That's what I did when I went to Africa and Nepal.

Hope that helps.

3. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Erm..just out of interest-why not normal GP?? This would be my first prot of call!

4. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Because Normal GPs don't normally have the information on the health situation in foreign countries. The Tropical specialists have the most up to date information and are able to tell you in more detail what vaccinations you'd need.
For example when I got my shots done for Africa they didn't give me any Cholera shots because they only give them if there has been an outbreak in the area. A normal GP would probably give you anything that's on the list without really knowing the situation.
Saying that, you might come across a Tropical Specialist or institute that don't have a clue (happened to a friend of mine when he rang into one), so it's vital that you do some research yourself as well.

Hope this makes sense.

5. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Oh right-that's v.interesting! yeh that did make sense! It was just out of curiosity!

6. Posted by bjmosk (Budding Member 22 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm from the US and maybe it's just not an American thing, but I have no idea what a Tropical specialist is. Explain?

7. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Sorry, probably used the wrong word. It's a doctor who specialises in Tropical diseases and vaccines... They usually work in Travel Clinics or so...

8. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

For vaccinations, check out this thread. It tells you what you need for each region...

9. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting bjmosk

Hello.. I'm going around the world starting in December. Basically we're planning to go anywhere and everywhere. Where can I find out exactly what vaccinations are required? Any experiences with this? Thanks much

Hey bjmosk, I am going to SE Asia next week and I had to get some shots. Just a quick piece of advice...certain shots must be given as a series so for example, for the hepathitis B you must start 3-4 months before departure. Most shots arent covered by insurance (as I found out) so you are almost better off going to the Department of Health offices and getting them there. It is almost like going to a welfare office so expect to be there all day. I decided not to get the shots because I didnt have all day to wait around for a shot (or pay $200 for them).

Some medicines are sold in the country you will be going to. Malaria medicine is sold in Thailand for a third of what you would pay for here, just remember that, ck out the Asia forum, you will find some good threads there about vaccinations for that region. Good luck!

10. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

This applies only to people in the UK. Local GP as a first port of call is sensible as you might not have tropical specialists locally.

http://www.uclh.org/services/htd/advice.shtml