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11. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

quick question, im in thailand in the new year...

this bug menace! do i spray the stuff on my arrivel to thailand, or wait till i get bitten then spray? maybe those bugs wont like my skin?

what injections do i need? and when should i get this done? im in south africa march and thailand in april...

many thanks, Mel....you may know the anwser to this?

danke!,

Olaf

12. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Thanks Kirstie.

Where do u buy yours?

Mel

You know what, I went to so many pharmacies but I actually found this stuff in a 7/11. Once I'd seen it in there I saw it in loads of supermarkets! It's a white plastic bottle with a green label.

Kristie

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

Quoting oslaue

quick question, im in thailand in the new year...

this bug menace! do i spray the stuff on my arrivel to thailand, or wait till i get bitten then spray? maybe those bugs wont like my skin?

what injections do i need? and when should i get this done? im in south africa march and thailand in april...

many thanks, Mel....you may know the anwser to this?

danke!,

Olaf

You usually spray mosquito repellent at dusk, this is when the mozzies come out & usually bite the most! So late afternoon, if you can make it back to where you're staying, it's quite a good idea to shower, then spray the stuff. Beware that there are some areas in Thailand where you get mozzies that bite during the day, so have some repellent for this, just in case.

If you're in the jungle/forest you will definetely need some sort of repellent for bugs.

Injections- best to see your doctor/nurse who should advise you. The usual are hep a, typhoid, tetanus & polio.

14. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 9y

Quoting oslaue

quick question, im in thailand in the new year...

this bug menace! do i spray the stuff on my arrivel to thailand, or wait till i get bitten then spray? maybe those bugs wont like my skin?

what injections do i need? and when should i get this done? im in south africa march and thailand in april...

many thanks, Mel....you may know the anwser to this?

danke!,

Olaf

Hi Olaf,

I wouldn't wait until you get bitten - spray it on straight away is my advice. I learnt the hard way and got bitten really badly, my foot and ankle swelled up so much that I couldn't wear shoes for about 4 days!

Kristie

15. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

laura / kristie

thank you for your input!

much appreciated,

Olaf

16. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks for that info LauraB.
I did not know Tiger balm keeps the crawlies away. I will use it the next time, i am in Thailand. And i will bring a natural mosquito repellant, and a stand by packet of the heavy duty stuff.

I am not allergic, to the bites, or anything, but with the risk of dengue fever etc.....

Mel

17. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks for that link, Neils.
I will read it, in case there is something more, to know.

Mel

18. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Oslaue

It is a good idea, to keep yourself sprayed, with some kind of mosquito repellant all the times, in Thailand. Daytime too. The mosquitos which spread dengue fever bite during the day. The live indoors. As far as i know dengue fever is not fatal, but can make u feel very under the weather for a while. If u stay in a guesthouse, with a several floors, ask to be as high up as possible. We were on the 3rd floor, in a guesthouse, in Bangkok, and were not bitten, at all.

The only vaccination required,by law, in Thailand, is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will only be required, if have visited a country in the yellow fever zone, withing 6 days before entering south east asia. If u are flying form Africa, u may be in a yellow fever zone, so u should check this.

I have also had a Hepatitis A vaccination. It is worth getting, as it offers 100% protection, for 20 years, if u get a booster within 6 months after the vaccination.
Typhoid is also worth considering. However, it only offers 70% protection, and lasts 3 years. I also get this.
If u have not had a polio booster, it is worth getting one. The booster will give adults lifelong protection.

There are others recommended, by the world health organisation, which I did not get.
These are
Rabies. If u are bitten,by an animal, in Thailand, go straight to a clinic, to get rabies vaccination. It is ok, to wait, until after being bitten, to get the first injection. Although, some people get one, before travelling, just in case.
Adult Diphtheria and tetanus
Hepatitis B
Measles, mumps and rubella, if u have not had these diseases.
Varicella. This is for chicken pox, if u have not had them, yet.

For long term travellers
Japanese B Encephalitis
Meningitis. For some reason, this is recommended, for people under 25
Tuberculosis. long term travellers are recommended, to have a skin test before and after travelling, instead of a vaccination.

Mel

19. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Oslaue

U should have the vaccinations a couple of months, before travelling. This will allow u to get over any side effects. But leave some time, between the different vaccinations. Also, because of the side effects. But, if u are short of time, just go and get them all done, together. I dont think it is that big a deal. I presume they offer immediate protection, but i am not certain of this.

Mel

20. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks kirstie

It is useful, to be able to just pop into the 7/11 to get things, rather than having to cart them all from Germany.

Mel

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