I saw a doctor today and I'm still not sure what to have, if anything. I would prefer no vaccinations but.............. The doc gave me a prescription for the lesser side effect malaria and a hepatitis A. I have a month before I decide what to do. I may be in the Central highlands. The doctor mentioned typhoid as well but I didn't do anything about that .
What have fellow travellers/tourists done??
So let me understand- you saw a doctor, already got advice ( correct advice actually as you SHOULD get Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis, if you really value your health), but would prefer the opinion of untrained strangers with questionable qualifications ?? Great......
I have to agree with the Dr. I got both Hep A & B, typhoid as well. I never even consider malaria protection. Most travelling to VN need not worry. The usual route of HCMC to HaNoi is not in the malaria belt. However, a quick search shows that the majority of malaria cases occur in the Central Highlands. If that is on your agenda, I would start with the malaria pills.
I got the Hep A series (food) and that's all. I also took the advice of another traveler and consumed 2 Pepto Bismol tablets daily to coat the stomach. I had no problems whatsoever, and I consumed ice, fruit and lettuce on a regular basis.
You might be interested to know that only in one 2* hotel was there a mosquito net (Dai Long Hotel in Hoi An), and I did have many, many bites by the time I reached Hanoi. Next time I'm taking more precautions. One problem that I can see is that I always wear short sleeves, but I believe that most bites occured while sleeping.