the CDC web site is a great reference source for travel information, and as a health professional I obviously agree with everything listed. I would strongly recommend to everyone to seek pre-travel advice before trips to Asia (or any tropical country). The best source of such advice is from a true travel clinic with well trained physicians and nurses (rather than just a general practitioner who may not be fully up to date).
They should give proper advice on which is the best anti-malarial based on your itinerary and your background medical history (which would be a contraindication to certain meds), and proper pre-travel vaccinations as well as other advice such as about foodborne illnesses etc...
While travel is an incredible experience and I would recommend it to anyone, it is just silly not to be prepared and safe...
You are absolutely correct, CanadaGuy. Though I forget at times to state that everyone should seek medical advice from healthcare professionals, I try make a conscious effort to do so. (Obviously, I should try harder...) I only expect members to use the information others post as a starting point in their own research and medical care. Like you currently, I spent many years as a healthcare professional and I do not believe anyone should use the postings on TP as their sole source of information.
I thoroughly agree with making an appointment with a travel clinic for the most up to date information. I wish the US had more of them available as they are few and far between in many areas. My GP is great but travel-related medicine is not his forte. Thank you for the reminder.
I'm going to Thailand and Cambodia soon...
How much did you all pay for your vaccinations?? x
for thailand and cambodia i had tetanus, hepatitis a and typhoid and they were all free on the NHS. If you choose to have rabies or Japanese encephalitis you will have to pay for these. the cost of malaria tablets depends on the brand.
I have had the ones you have listed form the NHS which are free. Im off to vietnam, laos, cambodia, thailand and malaysia.I was given prices for Japanese encephalitis, rabies and hepatitis B them 3 together came to over £300. So i was just wondering if any people have had these injections befor Backpacking SE Asia? and are they needed for these countrys?
is it possible to get cheap anti-malarials in SEA?
You probably can get any of the antimalarials you are looking for in SEA- I know people who have gotten Malarone, Larium or doxycycline in Thailand especially, but also in Vietnam (HCM city, maybe Hanoi -- I am sure some people who actually did this will chime in .)
My one concern about doing it this way, is you cannot be entirely sure as to the quality of the medication. There have been well documented instances of counterfeit medications, or meds that don't have the proper potency they are meant to that are made in third world countries- This isn't always the case, but I still think, erring on the side of caution is better here- This is not the place to cut corners and save a few bucks, in my humble opinion...
and again get proper adice form your doctor about which medication and when to take it- ( for example you take Malarone 2 weeks after return, doxy 4 weeks after return etc etc._)