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1. Posted by MikeAllen (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

im off travelling in september here are my destinations

Australia, 26 september 2009 - 23 september 2010
Fiji, 23 september 2010 - 6 october 2010
Japan, 6 october 2010 - 20 october 2010

Thailand
Laos
cambodia
vietnam
maylasia
all between october 2010 - april 2011

what do i need, and can i how long do they last should i get all my vaccinations before aus for a year.. will the doctor allow that? or should i say im going to asia sooner to get the vaccinations..

Mike

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

Definitely make an appointment with your local travel clinic or GP but you will most likely be advised to have Hepatitis A, Typhoid and a tetanus booster if you need one. They will probably also recommend malaria tablets. Typhoid lasts for 3 years and tetanus for longer; I'm not sure about Hepatitis A. There was a thread on here a few months ago as people had different opinions on how long it lasts (and it depends if you get the booster after 6 months) so it's best to get proper medical advice on this. There should be no other reason why you can't get your jabs before Australia.

3. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

Go to your doctor today, yesterday, now.

The NHS are well set up for vaccinations, to read up go to : http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx

For general inforamtion on vaccinations go to : http://www.incommunicardo.com/rtw/vaccinations.html

hope this helps

4. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

Quoting bex76

I'm not sure about Hepatitis A. There was a thread on here a few months ago as people had different opinions on how long it lasts (and it depends if you get the booster after 6 months) so it's best to get proper medical advice on this. .

I know they're still debating this one :) I got a combined Hep A&B seven years ago; first shot on day 0, second day 30, third 6 months. They orginally told me it lasts ten years, however, studies are showing now that the immunity might be life-long. They don't know as the oldest combination vaccine is only turning ten soon! I would recommend a combination of the Hep A&B, as it usually works out cheaper, and depending on the results, you might never need one again!

...but as everyone has said,it's better to check with your GP, or make an appointment with a travel clinic- there are lots of good ones around!

5. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Hello there. I see from your profile that you are in Bristol. There is an excellent tropical diseases clinic in the city.
I have the address and telephone number for you.
Bristol Travel Clinic,
Park Street,
Bristol. No postcode - sorry.
Tel. 0117 922 6567. Just have it written on a bit of scrap paper.
I havent used them personally but know people that have and they all say very good things about it.
If you need advice or jabs, pills etc. they will put you right. Also, if they recommend you need something that they havent got in stock they can normally get it in the same day.

6. Posted by RichWatson (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

For Malaria tablets I would advise against Malarone - it's very expensive over here and unavailable in Asia. If you end up extending your trip then you have to get Doxycycline anyway, which is available in most places out there very cheaply, and is a lot cheaper than Malarone here. I only took Malarone as a member of my family had a bit of a reaction to Doxy in the past, but in the end I didn't have any problems.

Rich

7. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Any overseas specialist will tell you that there is still no outright prevention for Malaria. However there are a few new remedies that have been approved over the last 6 months and are making a bit of a breakthrough. You can do no better than going to your local tropical diseases centre and seek the best advice.