Hey all, been in australia for a few months now, but thinking of going over to Thailand for a couple weeks before i head home.
Would just want to fly to Bangkok and then head to Ko Pha Ngan, and spend my time there.
So would vaccinations be a must for that location and duration? And if so which ones?
I got vaccinated like mad before coming to Thailand, everything in the book short of rabies and japanese encephalitis. They gave me Polio-diptheria-tetanus, thyphoid, Hep A & B, the flu shot (and I still caught a cold!) and Ducoral-spp? which is for cholera and e.coli. You can check what the current recommendations for Thailand are at http://www.cdc.gov/travel/seasia.htm#vaccines. Keep in mind that I spent about $500 Canadian for the whole batch, and most vaccines take at least four weeks to kick in. So if you're heading out really soon, or you're not going to be here that long, it might not be worth the cash... If you're going to the Full Moon party on Koh Phagnan (I'll be there on June 29th), there are likely to be at least 20 000 people, which is potentially fairly "germy". If you don't have the time or cash you could try to just be really careful. Wash your hands lots, only drink from sealed bottles, skip the ice, that kind of thing. One thing though, definitely get the malaria drugs. Mosquitos are everywhere and you're going to want some serious bug spray. I think you can get the medicine here in Bangkok sans prescription and probably cheaper.
Hey, don't worry too too much, you'll love it here. Let me know when you're in the region and perhaps we'll grab a Singha.
Dont bother with the malaria drugs, they will make you feel ill and although mosquitos are everywhere, they are only infected with malaria in the jungle areas in the north of thailand. I went to the school of tropical diseases before i went to thailand and all i got was tetinus and hep b and i think dengy fever jabs.
But thinking about it, I AM NOT A DOCTOR AND NOR IS PROBABLY ANYONE ELSE ON HERE, so you really should go to a doctor who will give you all the up to date info that you need as it is probably quite dangerous to listen to the likes of us who really don't know what we are talking about!!
Did you get sick on the anti-m drugs? I've been okay, but I've heard other people say they went kinda weird on them, strange dreams, trouble sleeping etc.... Although I've been doing better with the 'skeeters since I found "Skeetolene" here in Bangkok, carries a whopping 20% deet (is that legal?), probably causes cancer, but so worth it to skip the giant itchy bites!
For me I'm also going to Cambodia/Malaysia/Phillippines/Indonesia/Vietnam etc etc etc... so all the needles were probably worth it, but for a short period, it's definitely a judgement call. Travel clinics are pretty easy to come by most places, I agree that it's worth a wee visit.
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 15, 2007, at 3:43 AM by XplorRgirl ]
I've never taken anti-malaria drugs as i have never been bitten by anything. Little insects don't seem to like the taste of me!!
Lucky! They seem determined to get through any armor I employ. And mean buggers too, I've never seen such large ugly bites, and we had them bad in Canada!