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1. Posted by LoreleiLee (Budding Member, 70 posts) 4 Mar '09 12:53

Im going to Thailand, Australia, Fiji and USA, does anyone know what injections I need to get and how long before I leave to I have to have them?

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5545 posts) 4 Mar '09 12:59

It is always best to check online, for example at the travel doctor website.
I guess for those countries you won't need malaria pills and yellow fever, probably hep A (maybe B). And DTP (although I am not sure if that's how they call it outside holland;)).

3. Posted by LoreleiLee (Budding Member, 70 posts) 4 Mar '09 13:12

Thanks Utrecht just when I thought I was all set, I realised I hadnt had any shots yet!

4. Posted by Seany (Respected Member, 267 posts) 4 Mar '09 13:30

I look forward to getting my injections from he nurse. Not just beacuse of the anticipation of the approaching trip but the feeling of being injected with it...I know strange! I just thought I would share that

5. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru, 610 posts) 4 Mar '09 13:36

If it wasn't for tomatoes needles would be the worst thing in the world!

haven't we advanced past needles yet? maybe we just need some more efficient pills?

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7. Posted by LoreleiLee (Budding Member, 70 posts) 12 Mar '09 14:05

When should you normally have your injections? About a month or week or so before you leave? Also do they leave a nasty mark?? I still have my scar from my TB needle from when I was in school!

8. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 13 Mar '09 07:58

Quoting LoreleiLee

When should you normally have your injections? About a month or week or so before you leave? Also do they leave a nasty mark?? I still have my scar from my TB needle from when I was in school!

It depends on the type of injection you're getting. Most come in one single injection, but some requires more than one. For example, there are 2 jabs for Hep A (usually given about 60 days apart). Hep B comes in 3 jabs; usually Day 0, Day 30, Day 180. Most injections do not leave a mark. The BCG jab for TB is one of the very few that leaves a scar. Another one I know is the smallpox jab.

9. Posted by fussy (Inactive, 208 posts) 13 Mar '09 09:42

if leaving from the Uk go to the excellent gov website http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/

10. Posted by Jimix (Inactive, 15 posts) 14 Mar '09 17:33

I just got my injections last week for the very countries you're visiting. I phoned my local Health Practice and spoke to a nurse about where I was going and she issued the required jabs. They also gave me Malaria advise.

Oh, and Hep A doesn't come in 2 jabs. 1 x Hep A jab lasts 10 years. IF you get a second jab within a certain amount of time of the first, it will last up to 20 years (optional). It also leaves no scarring...just gives you a bit of a stiff arm for a day or two, nothing major.

Quoting Cool Paul

If it wasn't for tomatoes needles would be the worst thing in the world!

haven't we advanced past needles yet? maybe we just need some more efficient pills?

Don't you get adrenline pens for those with peanut alergies nowadays?

Final Note:

Get them at least a month before you travel for it to take effect.