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1. Posted by JimRL (Full Member 38 posts) 11y

Ive just had my Hepatitis A and Typhiod jabs today and the nurse said its all I need (as well as the malaria tablets) if I am sticking to the beaten track. I dont know exactly where I am going in Thailand/Cambodia/Vietnam but I don't want to not have a jab I should have had.

Jap B?
Rabies?
Hep B?

I am not sure about these 3 ^ but I know I don't need yellow fever and I am up to date with MMR, Varicella, Polio, Diphtheria and Tetanus.

I forgot to ask her about bird flu as well.

Cheers.

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

HepB isn't bad to have in general. If you can afford it, I would get it.

Rabies isn't required unless you are going to be working with animals, or in a place where you will be unable to access hospitals for extended periods of time and have a likelihood of coming in contact with animals (for example, bush treking for 3 weeks in the jungle).

There is no jab for the bird flu. Get a flu shot, that's the best you can do right now.

I don't know what JapB is.

Greg

3. Posted by sean_s (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Yes the Hep B jabs are not bad to have. However are they not like the Twinrix jabs (HepA/B combined) given over a 3-month period (do you have the time?)

Japanese Encephalitis is very rare, and if you were staying on the beaten path then I would say that you don’t need it. If I’m not wrong the virus has to pass between birds to pigs before becoming infectious to humans.

Skip the rabies shot

You might wait to buy the bulk of your anti-malarials in Bangkok, as you’ll pay a fraction of the price. However I’d for sure recommend you get some samples of your prescribed anti-malarials and try them before your leave. The reason I say this is “Doxy” “Larium” and the like make some people violently ill. You need not take them in Thailand unless you are in the far north near the Laos or Myanmar border; and even then only at your disgression. Anti-Malarils are strong antibiotics and you don’t want to be taking them for any longer then you have too. You might want to take them in Cambodia if you’re traveling there in the wet season.

4. Posted by JimRL (Full Member 38 posts) 11y

If you don't need to take the tablets in thailand in the areas I am going to does this mean I can get away without using my mosquito net there? or is it recommended anyway.

5. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Hey!Ive recently been having the same dilemma over injections!!!!Luckily im getting my final one later this week, feel like a human pincushion!I had Typhoid, Hep A, boosters for my diptheria, Polio and tetanus. I didnt have time for my Hep B. I was reccomended by 2 different surgeries to have my Rabies injections and afetr speaking to many of my friends who have been to S.E Asia they all had it too after seeking advice. Even tho it was expensive (cheapest i could find it for was £83 from Asda, Tescos wanted £140 for the exact same course!)i decided it was worthwhile having, although im not planning on befriending any animals, it can be carried by bats as well and as im hoping to go on a cave tour thing in Malaysia i thought it was better safe than sorry!Its a horrid disease to get and is mainly indefinatley fatal.As for Japanese B Encephalitus, i kept getting told different things but have since decided against it, very expensive and quite rare to contract. It is a tick-bourne disease which you can pick up from wading birds and pigs so unless you are planning on hanging out with such animals i dont think its needed!!!!!

6. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Quoting JimRL

does this mean I can get away without using my mosquito net there? or is it recommended anyway.

mosquito bites are generaly not plaesant - get with you some insects repellent and the net if you are in a basic bungalows without windows nets.