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1. Posted by packerman (Budding Member 27 posts) 5y

Im going to be travelling round Thailand Laos and Vietnam in the summer with my homeboys.

Having been told about the needed vaccinations i booked an appointment with my doctor and we discussed whats needed, she recomended;

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Japanese B encephalitis

i have already been vaccinated against hep A, Hep B, typhoid and diphtheria but when discussing the other injections there costs seem very high. If anyone has already been before could they give me some advice on which they got if not all?

thanks packerman

2. Posted by Kirsty88 (Budding Member 11 posts) 5y

Hi Packerman,

Just had my injections all i had to get was:

Hep A & B

and then if you want to Malaria Tablets.

And my friend was exactly the same and she is a different doctors surgery to me!

Doctors will try and make as MUCH money as poss from you!! So i think your covered with your injections already :)

Might bump into you while your there!!

Have Fun :)


3. Posted by packerman (Budding Member 27 posts) 5y

haha thanks kirsty makes me feel a bit better. enjoy yout trip

4. Posted by The Jones (Budding Member 44 posts) 5y

Yep I got most of them, except Diphtheria, Tuberculosis & Typhoid. Cost me nearly 500.00 UK big ones. I think it's just better to bite the bullet & pay. or else you may catch rabies & die.

Have fun:)

5. Posted by freespirit1 (Budding Member 13 posts) 5y

£500 I hope its not going to be that much ive not budgeted for that! Ive been told around £100 for them as you get some free on the NHS anyone else got experiences of vaccinations and costs?


6. Posted by packerman (Budding Member 27 posts) 5y

500's about right, i got them priced today at the doctors the japanese one alone was 140

7. Posted by Kirsty88 (Budding Member 11 posts) 5y

Hey, dont take what your doctor says as bible!! They want your money remember :-) have a look into each injection see if you really need it!! As i think the japanese one is only really a worry if your going to be in farmland!! Double check just so you dont waste your hard earned cash!! :-) kirsty x

8. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 5y

I was advised that Typhoid, Hep A, Diptheria and a tetanus booster (if you need one) are the crucial ones. Most travellers I spoke to in South East Asia didn't bother having the rabies or Japanese Encephalitis jabs. If you get bitten by a rabid animal you still need to seek urgent medical attention even if you have been vaccinated; they just buy you a little more time to get to a hospital, which is useful if you are going to be travelling in remote areas. I was told that Encaphalitis is only really a worry if you are going to be spending a prolonged amount of time in rural areas.

I'd recommend speaking to a travel doctor rather than a GP; travel doctors have up to date and accurate information, whereas a GP will tend to give you rather general advice and you may end up getting more jabs than you need, or malaria tablets when you don't need them.

9. Posted by kichikacha (Respected Member 328 posts) 5y

Hi Packerman,

I agree with bex76.
Just one more thing: they usually recommend cholera because it will give your stomach some protection against diarrhea and other upsets up to 3 months. However, Thailand is not particularly a place where you have to worry that much.

Have fun in thailand!

10. Posted by Kimmy22 (Budding Member 41 posts) 5y

Hey Packerman,

As Kirsty said (im her friend lol) i got the same as her and im a diff surgery!
I had already had the ones you get at school, havent had the Japanese one though but dont think we'll need that one.
I had to pay for my Hep B in jections, 3rd one coming soon, will cost me 140.00 in total! boo hoo!

Have a fab trip!

Kim x