hello everyone!does anyone have a ny info about the necessary injections needed if travelling around south east asia?
we have heard many different from people in australia. what are the essential vaccinations?
also, alot of people keep mentioning the bird flu and say it could turn into an epedemic.....is the their much oncern and worry in asia?
thanks alot xxx
For Thailand - unless you are going to rural areas where insect-borne diseases are endemic you don't need any vaccinations - just avoid mosquito bites.
be careful with foods and water.
for bird flu - don't touch any birds, stay away from chicken farms, eat well cooked chicken and eggs. In case of suspected infection Tamiflu to be taken within 48 hours for 5 days. It can be used as a preventative - 1 tablet daily.
bird flu will sometimes become pandemic - it will catch everybody in the world and will not be specific to SE Asia
If your from Australia I would definatly check this site out. Although you may not be in Adelaide they have some very useful info.
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A vaccination against hepatitis A and B is always usefull, in case you (hopefully not!) end up in a hospital where hygienic standards aren't the same as back home... You should also revaccinate for some of the tings you were vaccinated agains in school, as these don't last for more than 10-15 years. You could also consider shots for japanese encephalitis and thyfoidfever. Talk to your local vaccination-office, they usually know what you need. I always opt for an injection to much, as opposed to one to few... Have a nice trip!
I'm in the same boat as you. I have done a bit of research on it and found out Hep A, Hep B, Typhoid Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Tuberculosis, Rabies and routine immusisations are pretty much definites. I don't know about the bird flu, if you find anything out, could you maybe post something about it - it is kinda scary.
vaccine for bird flu is tasted now on humans in the usa and on monkeys in Vietnam - if succesful will be available at the end of 2006.
an ordinary flu vaccine won't do the job - but will generally boost your immune system. In thailand hospitals it's not more than 700 baht.
tamiflu in thailand can be bought from very few pharmacies (those having connections with a large well stocked hospitals) - it's costly and has to be ordered and payed in advance.