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1. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 9y

I have just been to the doctors to find out about the jabs I need for next year and it seems to be working out really really expensive compared to what everyone else says.

We are going for abou 18 months so will need to be fully immunised up, for example I have read that we will need 3 jabs for Hep B to cover us.. now these jabs are coming in at £48 PER JAB at my docs .

We were anticipating that all jabs (excluding Malaria) would come in at around £200 each but it seems that on this basis it will be well over £500 eeekkk!

I have also just checked the travel clinic sites and they don't fill me with much confidence either.

Any advice??



2. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 9y

oops sorry I've put this in the wrong forum .. sorry moderators!

3. Posted by ToonBaby (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hi Sophie,

I've just had my injections for Thailand, Malyasia and Singapore and I didn't have to pay any money. I had a hep A and B combined which meant i didn't have to pay for it. It's a milder form of the two but the nurse explained that unless I planned on having tatoos or injecting myself in anyway (?) then the likelihood of getting Hep B was zero.

I also then had to have my 3 booster injections of tetnus, diptheria and polio. Typhoid injection didn't cost anything and she said I could get away with not having rabies injection cos I wasn't planning on being more than 24 hours away from a hospital at any time should I be bitten and need to see the doctor.

Im not sure whether these are the injections you also needed, I suppose it depends on which parts of S E Asia you are visiting and for how long but I hope that helps a little.?!U shouldnt have to pay for the ones that Ive listed as I would imagine its all standardised (or should be!)

Hope that helps

Helen x

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 9y

£500 seems like way too much - the main injections - typhoid, hep a and tetanus are free on the NHS. i'm not sure where you are going but as the previous post days, hep b is often not needed, and rabies jabs are useful only if you are going to be in remote areas, as you have to have more injections anyway should you get bitten - the jab just busy you some more time. depending on what kind of malaria pills you take this shouln't be too bad; as far as i know doxycylcine are the chepeast are are ok for SE Asia.

GPs only tend to have general knowledge about the jabs and malaria pills that you will need - i'm not sure if you have tried this site but i got a free assessment of the jabs i needed for where i was going (this was a few years ago - not sure if its still the case)
hope this helps a bit.

5. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 9y

I only paid £36 for all 3 of the Hep B jabs at my docs. If your own doctors can't do them cheap, then see if they can refer you to another surgery where they can do it cheaper...they can do this as my doctors suggested another surgery for our Yellow Fever vaccinations as they were cheaper.

6. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 9y

Thanks for all the advice, I had a quick look on the MASTA website too and it looks like the costs for their jabs are not too far off what I have been quoted??

Thanks for the tip on looking for another doctors Donna, I will try this because I am sure when my friend went to Kenya not so long ago she didn't have to pay anything for any of her jabs and I am sure some must have been above the NHS freebies.

I've not got to start having them done for a few months yet so I guess that will give me a bit of time to investigate further.

Thanks again


ps the countries we are going to are: Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, NZ, Oz, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, China, Nepal & India.

7. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 9y

Quoting sofe1978

Thanks for all the advice, I had a quick look on the MASTA website too and it looks like the costs for their jabs are not too far off what I have been quoted??

i was thinking the masta site to find out which injections you actually need, not to get quotes from them. then at least you know that you are not getting jabs that you don't need.

8. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 9y

Yep I got the advice sheet too Bex which seems pretty comprehensive and gave loads of details. It pretty much matches what I had though anyway but I will take it back to the doctors with me just so I can go over it with them.

9. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 9y

great - hope you manage to find some cheaper ones!:)

10. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 9y

me too!!