Dear all - I am a first time traveller (will be in November anyway) and i am at the stage of sorting out my jabs. The thing being that im not totally sure what i should be getting. I have been told that Malaria, Jap B, Rabies and Hepatitus B are the ones i really need to decide on.
Just wondering if someone could help me out in my dilema as my budget is looking slim anyway.
Any help would be much appreciated
First of all, before you take any advice on this sort of thing on a forum, remember that I, nor most people that will answer this question are doctors, and the responsible thing to do is to go visit a travel doctor who is a trained professional. You can save money by staying in dodgy accomidation, getting a cheap flight, or eating in local restarants, but the two places that you should not skimp on is vaccinations and insurance.
Having said that, for Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, you probably don't need malaria pills. I've never met anyone who took them for those countries, unless going to pretty remote spots. Hep A and B are a good idea. Jap might be advised though I've never gotten it and non of my travel doctors have ever really pushed it. Rabies is one of those that you really have to weigh the risks on. Since all the shot does is buy you a little time (you still need a few more shots if you get bitten), alot of people seem to think it's useless. However, this is all stuff that your doc will go over with you.
For Malaysia....forget all those jabs, I am Malaysian and my last jabs
of those you described, I had it 45years ago!
Me and my friend are doing the same route (except where doing Bangkok to Singapore) and are pondering the exact same question at the moment. I think with the majority of things its a personal choice as to whether you'd perfer to take a small risk or not, like the rabies jab I've heard is not actually an anti-rabies jab it just gives u longer to get to a hospital but if you try and avoid contact with dogs and animals (as i'm sure u will be) then you probably won't need it. I have met people who have taken anti-malarial drugs for this part of south east asia particulaarly if you decide to do some treking in northern Thailand but agian its a personal choice.
How long are taking to do the trip? We've got about 6 weeks in all then on to Australia.
I have given myself six weeks to do the 3 countries altogether (this may be reduced as it will be on the back of a 8 - 10 month trip as it is) so possibly shorter. Thats why i am dubious on spending out a large amount on these particular jabs.
Would anyone know if it is easy enough to get these jabs in Australia before i leave - then i will have a better idea of how long i ll be there for and maybe have more knowledge of these jabs/diseases from fellow travellers
Hi I'm in the same boat as you... last week I had my final course of basic jabs...Hep A & B, Polio, Typhoid, Tetnus etc. All of which I didn't have to pay for.
The nurse advised me to have rabies as well for the reason that if you get bitten you have only 24hrs to get to a hospital.
Its £85 for three injections, I'm missing out on this one as I just cant handle another hole in my arm and like you my budget is already being eaten away.
If you go for the Jap B Injection you will most probably need to pay around £100. My nurse said it was totally up to me whether I went for this so I missed that one out as well.
I think the biggest thing my nurse stressed to me is Malaria Tablets is not something to miss out on but then I'm going to high risk places...Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia.
Most of Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore are low risk but there have been cases.
Dengue fever is another worry but the only thing to protect yourself is mossie repellant and nets etc.
I would make an appointment to see your nurse and she really would be the best person to advise you.
I have been to the local travel clinic and all they real said was - it is my decision, so that didnt real help as im still unsure how likely i am to contract these diseases. She did say that for the Jap B jab it is 140 pound, Hep B 94 pound, Rabies 150 - it is me or are these excessively expensive
i started off with just planning to travel india, i have since done many more places lol but my doc said to deffo get rabies for there so i had that, i had already had hep A due to travelling to the caribbean and jab b i had never even heard of until coming out to asia, as far as i am aware it is rarely found in travellers...
with reguards to thailand, malaysia and singapore
the majority of people i have met in the last 9 months do not take malaria tablets, i dont either, probably stupid of me but when larium is the most effective tablet for SEA then i dont want to take it...
in singapore they have adverts all over to get people to clean up to stop dengue fever spreading but there is no mention of malaria... singapore has to be the cleanest city in the world! its amazing and i also felt very very safe there too...
i am glad i had the rabies jab because although expensive like people say it does buy you time and how much is your life worth?? more than 100pound i'm sure!
Monkeys, dogs, bats all carry rabies and its suprising what can happen... I was in Pulau Tioman and the place i stayed backed onto the forest and was surrounded at different times of the day with monkeys... on the first day my partner went for a swim and i heard a bang on the roof so went outside to see what it was...
i stepped onto the grass and all of a sudden this huge monkey came charing at me!
i have never been so terrified! i ran onto the nearest hut and it was under the hut jumping out at me randomly so i would scream...
i was crying, shaking and wouldnt go out on my own for a few days after that!
the point is although it didnt bite me they do attack people and if you got bit by one then you'd have to go for a jab and when your on an island like that you need all the time you can get...
i also saw a small girl get chased by one at the batu caves in kl so to me i'd say its worth it...
Wow - thanks very much for that - i will be getting my rabies now i think! I never thought monkeys were that aggressive