im going to be travelling thailand, loas, cambodia.
realy must start thinking about injections. these are my thoughts, any advice would be greatly received.
im thinking . . . . .
Typhoid and Hep A are a must
Malarone for anti malaria espec in cambodia / laos
Diphthera - Im sure had as a child
Rabies - You can have this anyway upto two weeks after being bitten by an animal. What's the point just incase your bitten. even if your bitten you must have a booster.
Tetnus - I'll make sure is up to date.
yellow fever - no need
Hep B - hard to contract. dont realy need. mainly usefull to those that wish to be intimate with the locals if you know what i mean.
anythoughts would be great.
hapatitis A and typhoid are a must, and both come together. Hapatitis B is also recommended. Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis are recommended if you are planning on spending time in rural areas, and staying with locals.
I'm part way through my jabs to go to IndoChina now, and have had Hep A, typhoid and am having my last hep b jab in a few days time. My doctor seems to think i dont need to have the rabies jab, but i think i will ask for it anyway as its better to be safe than sorry.
today i have been looking around at the various malaria tablets, and am probably going to go for mefloquine as it's not too expensive like malarone is.
I'd read up on hep b hayley, I'm sure I read it can be transmitted via very very small amounts of blood/salava.
Like you said rabies can be done when your in the country and is also alot cheaper than here.
I've still got to check up on japanese encephalitis as I've only heard about this one from the doctors.
Mefloquine may be cheaper but has a few more side effects and you have to take it for 4 weeks after you leave the malaria zone as apposed to just 1 week for malarone.
I am also in the process of getting all my jabs for the same journey; India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia. InfactI just had the first four this morning (owch )
I was advised to basically get everything you can. Even if the chances are slim, you could be that one unlucky person who gets bitten by a dog, or gets that infected mosquito bite.
Most of mine I can get on the NHS. I had polio, diptheria, typhoid booster today. Also had Hep A and B (was unsure about Hep B but if you ever need a blood transfusion in a dodgy Asian hospital, I want to know that I wont be contracting anything!) Also had my first Rabies shot. Yes you can get shots if and when you get bitten, but you need to be within easy access to a doctor who can administer them, the longer you leave it the worst it gets. Plus you have to have them in your stomach! No thanks! I decided on getting them anyway, they cost £120 but better to be safe than sorry.
Oh and you also cant get Jap Enchapalitis on the NHS, that costs aswell. But as I attract mosquitos like flies on sh1t to think of a better way I think I better get that one too.
I'm also getting a course of malaria tablets on NHS.
Phew! Im going to be like a walking drugs cabinet at this rate
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 2, 2006 12:42 PM by Beckiboo ]
Hi Hayley, this may help. BTW, I got my malarone from travelpharm.com. Much cheaper.