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1. Posted by cazna (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

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??

2. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 8y

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......

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Cazna,
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.

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 8y

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.

5. Posted by dwitch (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y

Doctor knows what you need for whatever countryyou visit. Mine recommended getting a blood test to see if I needed to be vacinated against hepA & hep B, also to get a booster shot for polio, & tetnus.Malaria is not required unless visiting outlying area's.Better to be safe than sorry