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1. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

I will be heading to Southeast Asia in Feb 06 and I know there are tons of vaccines that I need before I go. Does anyone know of a good site that will have a thorough list of vaccines to get? Or maybe you know offhand which ones I need? Thanks for any advice!

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

Required and a must is Typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B. For TBC you may also vaccinate. Against malaria you need to take profilaxis (some travellers don't do it though). If you go to rural areas Japanese encefalitis and rabies is wise to consider.

3. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

i dont think any of those are a must!!???
the typhoid vaccine is really not a i suppose if your going to spending alot of time working in small villages where there is no sanitary sense..
hepatitis' not a bad idea really again it depends where you are...your actually most likely to suffer from an infection if you do regular tourist things(but thats still 0.3 or 0.03%)....if something has been heated to 85° for a minute youll be ok...well thats for A.
do you intend doing drugs with a shared needle...drinking human blood or being born???then hep B really is not a problem because that is hard to get....
as for no no no drug that is basicly posion with a bad rate of success should be consumed..
generally travellers are overvacced as its an easy money spinner..
that is fact by the way.....
anyway this really is not the place for med advice ask you doctor
and if you your going to get them you should have started all ready because youll need 6 months for hep...
enjoy the huge big needles!!!!

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

If you say so.........if you are suicidal, tough guy!!!

5. Posted by globalgirl (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

Hey Travis,

The good ole US Gov't (via the centers for disease control and prevention) gives an "official" list of what you should get. You can check by country/region on their website, Check under traveler's health on the left hand side.

6. Posted by bibs (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

Typhoid and Hepatitis A & B are a must for Indian subcontinent. Also the Malaria prophylaxis. Just don't take anyone's word for it or else you will be inviting trouble for yourself.

7. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Thank you guys! All advice very helpful!

8. Posted by aldo80 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Have a look at

Its a UK site that gives a lot of good info about what vaccines are needed.

I got my Hep A, Hep B, Rabies, Jap B and Typhoid for going away, best to be prepared!!

And with Hep B - I got my 3 jags spaced over 2 months before I go

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

Quoting aldo80

Have a look at

Its a UK site that gives a lot of good info about what vaccines are needed.

I got my Hep A, Hep B, Rabies, Jap B and Typhoid for going away, best to be prepared!!

And with Hep B - I got my 3 jags spaced over 2 months before I go

Its indeed possible to have the hepatitis B jab within 2 months

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hey Travis!

Love your motto!!! (My father's favorite saying...)

Here is the link for the CDC: CDC Recommendations

My background is pharmacology so hopefully the information I give will be of some help... Also check the CDC site for information about the vaccinations you decide to receive.

Hep A&B: These are very good vaccinations to receive no matter where you plan to travel. Hep A is most often transmitted through contaminated food, water, eating utensils, etc. Hep B is transmitted through sexual contact, bodily fluids and exposure if you require medical treatment. Hep A is a series of 2 injections - 6 months apart, but can be given over a shorter period. Hep B is a series of 3 injections at 0, 1month and 6 month intervals. It too, can be moved forward - though receiving the first 2 injections before you leave, and the last upon return is also acceptable.

Japanese Encephalitis: If you will be traveling through mostly rural areas - then not a bad idea. It is more common in areas that are the least populated. It is transmitted by the mosquito and use of 50% DEET insect repellent will help keep your exposure to a minimum - especially if you are visiting areas of popular interest.

Malaria: Talk with your physician about the best anti-malairal prophylaxis medication for the region. I would recommend that you do not choose Mefloquine (Larium) as your drug of choice. Common side effects are vivid (and not so pleasant) dreams and hallucinations, just to name two. You will have less problem with side effects using doxycycline or Malarone. Malarone is a combination drug and is currently the most effective. It is also the most expensive - but some members have found it worthy of the price.

Typhoid: Again, assess your risk factors. If you will be visiting more rural ares - get the jab. If not, then typhoid will not be a necessary vaccination. It is not a required injection but recommended IF you visit rural ares for extended periods of time.

Rabies: Rabies is a series of three injections given one month apart. They will NOT protect you against rabies infection - what they do - limit the number of injections after being exposed by a bite. They give you enough time to get away from a rural area and seek medical treatment. You will still require 3 more injections after being exposed. The best advise for rabies - don't pet the stray dog or monkey. Your threat of contracting rabies in SE Asia is about the same as it is here in the US. Use common sense.

Hope this helps!!