Skip Navigation

Hep A Booster needed in Bangkok

Travel Forums Asia Hep A Booster needed in Bangkok

Page
  • 1
  • 2

Last Post

1. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 7y

Hi All

Can anyone help with where I can get a Hep A booster in Bangkok and a rough idea of the cost?

Thanks in advance

Sophie :)

2. Posted by bulldogtwo (Budding Member 31 posts) 7y

Hey Sophie,
Just a bit confused as to why you think you need a "booster?" If you have the shot you should be good. Also by the time you get a booster it takes a while to take full effect, so if you wait until Bangkok it's virtually useless, or so my doc has told me. So unless you are staying for a long time there's really no point.
So I am assuming that you have had the shot and you think you need a booster shot. I would check with a doc, may require a blood test to check to see if you have the anitgen but if you've had one within the last 7-10 years you should be good. If I am wrong on this I am sure that some poster will correct me, but again this is what I was told by my doctor, both on the time frame and the time it takes effect.

To answer your question there are many clinics around that are good, Sumitavae(sp) Hospital is one that a lot of foreigners go to and is very modern and decent, actually very good. Not sure about the price though.
Good luck

3. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 7y

Hi

Thanks for your reply.. yes I've had the shot last April (I have actually had 2 in the last 4 years so that might make a difference too) and have been travelling for 8 months now. When I had my shot in April I was advised that it would last 1 year and I would need a booster in 6 months - 1 years time in order for it to be effective for up to 10 years.

Is this right? Maybe I have been misinformed and what you have said is correct.. not sure?! Can anyone else confirm which is right. Obviously I don't want the booster unless it's 100% necessary but also want it if I do need it as Hep A doesn't sound too much fun!

If someone else can let us both know that would be great.

Thanks for the info on the hospital, if I do need the booster I will check that one out.

Sophie

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

Quoting sofe1978

When I had my shot in April I was advised that it would last 1 year and I would need a booster in 6 months - 1 years time in order for it to be effective for up to 10 years.

Is this right? Maybe I have been misinformed and what you have said is correct.. not sure?! Can anyone else confirm which is right. Obviously I don't want the booster unless it's 100% necessary but also want it if I do need it as Hep A doesn't sound too much fun!

Sophie

Hi Sophie

What you were advised in April is correct - my GP in England advised me exactly the same, so I got the booster and was covered for 10 years. I would recommend getting it, as then it's one less jab to have for any trips you make in the next 10 years.

5. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

My Doc here in the States says there's no need for any Hep A booster - it's good for a lifetime.

6. Posted by nicolson (Budding Member 42 posts) 7y

Quoting Daawgon

My Doc here in the States says there's no need for any Hep A booster - it's good for a lifetime.

Thats what i thought about hep a boosters too..

7. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

Quoting nicolson

Quoting Daawgon

My Doc here in the States says there's no need for any Hep A booster - it's good for a lifetime.

Thats what i thought about hep a boosters too..

It's strange that some doctors should say that. I have just found this on the NHS website (the UK government's health website) :

..." you should have one injection 4-6 weeks before you travel and a booster dose 6-12 months later. Protection against hepatitis A begins two weeks after the first dose of hepatitis A vaccine. An initial vaccination plus booster dose is believed to give protection for over 10 years. "

8. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 7y

I will try to clarify the confusion here-

After the first dose of the Hepatitis A vaccine, almost all people mount an immune/ protective response by about 2 weeks after the vaccination. This single dose will provide procetion for at least 1 year ( and likely longer- in 1 study 95% of people still had protective antibodies by 12 months after a single dose).

The second "booster" dose is recommended 6-12 months after the first dose - and provides long term protection, likely at least 15-20 years but possibly even longer. No more than 2 doses are needed of the Hepatitis A vaccine ( the combination HepA/Hep B has different dosing however).

IF someone delays and gets the second dose later than 6-12 months, however, it STILL gives excellent responses- so the second dose can be given even up to 5-8 years after the first and only 2 total doses are needed. The only issue is you may potentially not have full protection from the first dose if you are still in a high risk location, but I would be comfortable that 1 dose is safe for likely at least 1+ years until the second dose can be given.

9. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

I had the Hep A Series (2 shots) - I did not consider the second one to be a booster.

10. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Quoting Daawgon

I had the Hep A Series (2 shots) - I did not consider the second one to be a booster.

Same here, and the two shots were taken two months apart. In fact, my Hep A shots were taken together with my 2nd and 3rd Hep B shots using the Twinrix Hep A+B. First shot Hep B, 30 days later a Twinrix Hep A+B shot, 60 days after that another Twinrix Hep A+B shot.