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1. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y


I was in SE Asia last year for 3 months & previously had a few injections for that trip. I'm going back to Thailand Feb-March 2007, does anyone know if I should get injections again? How long do the injections last?

Thank you.

2. Posted by munkeyboy (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

Hey Laura,

Well it depends which injections you got. I know that if you got the full injections for hep a & c those are good for about 20 years I think, but that's if you got the boosters. If you just got the sibgle doses for that trip I think it's only good for a year. Thyphoid is good for 1 year if it was an injection I know the pills are good for 4, Tetanus is good for 10 years, Polio I can't remember but I think it's 10 as well. Cholera good for 4 years. That's all I can remember from my shot a few months back. Hope that helps!


3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 10y

Hi Laura,

I was advised by a doctor when I was in NZ that a typhoid jab should last for 3 years.

4. Posted by ben_p (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Hi Laura,
Hep A&B (there's no C injection!) is good for 10yrs, yellow fever too, japan b encephalitis good 3yrs, tetanus 10yrs, cholera 3-5yrs, typhoid can't remember.
have a look at your vaccination card- you should have one if you had got injections.
take care, ben

5. Posted by salesian (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Hi Laura,
Ben is spot on apart from the fact that the hep a and b vaccines require a booster within 6 months of the orginal injection in order to protect you for ten years.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y


Hepatitis A is good for 10 to 20 years. This is provided that u recieved the vaccination and then recieved the booster shot, within around 6 months.
Typhoid vaccination, either injection or pills is good for 3 years.

Which other vaccinations did u have?


7. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

I had hep a & typhoid. My tetanus was still valid from another time I had it. I don't have a vacination card, my doctor was pretty useless. When I went to see her, I asked her what injections I needed & if she could recommend any anti malaria medication & she said she didn't know & asked me! The whole point of me going to see the doctor was so she could advise me correctly.

I will make an appointment with the nurse rather then the doctor.

I did not have a hep a booster, so it's likely I will need that one again.

Thanks all for your help.

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Laura

Make sure u get the yellow vaccination card, next time. It is an international vaccination certificate, to show around the world, which vaccinations u got.
Often doctors dont know much about travel medical stuff. I usually download the information from the world health organisation, on the internet, and take it to the doctor, when i go. Then if something seems strange, u can show them the information and ask them to explain their decision. Even with travel clinics it is necessary to know what u want, because they often give more vaccinations, than u will need, for where u want to go.
I think it is possible to buy malaria pills, without precription in most pharmacies. U can also look up which u need, on the internet. But make sure u are going to a malaria region, before taking any, because they are very harsh on the body and can sometimes make u feel sick, for a couple of weeks, after starting to take them.


9. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

I won't be taking malaria tablets this time as I'm only going to Thailand. I took them last time, but only because I was in Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia. I ended up buying them in Bangkok.

I will check the WHO website, thanks!