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1. Posted by zarzarfarmer (Budding Member 23 posts) 1y

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Hi everybody,

I'm looking for some advise.

My fiance and I will arrive in Asia mid September. The first leg of our journey is Hong Kong (3 nights), Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

We've started getting injections and Japanese Encephalitis has cropped up. I believe risk areas are all of the above and outbreaks occur from May to October. The injections cost £256 and I wondered if these are needed or just recommended?

We're travelling from the UK, we don't plan on doing any trekking when we're in these countries.

Can anybody please offer advice?

Thanks in advance,

Z&T.

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3606 posts) 1y

I was advised that unless you are spending months in rural areas of this region, the vaccine is not necessary or recommended. I spent 3 months travelling around SE Asia and didn't have the jab.

3. Posted by zarzarfarmer (Budding Member 23 posts) 1y

Quoting bex76

I was advised that unless you are spending months in rural areas of this region, the vaccine is not necessary or recommended. I spent 3 months travelling around SE Asia and didn't have the jab.

Hi Bex,

Thanks for this. Can I ask what time of year you were in SE Asia? Was it between May and October or out of these "risk dates"?

Thanks again.

ZT

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3606 posts) 1y

I was there in April, May and June. I don't remember being advised about risk dates though; it was more a case of the areas visited and the amount of time in these areas. I don't think I've come across any other travellers who have had it, and my travel doctor didn't think it was necessary. Possibly as you are travelling in the rainy season though you might be at slightly higher risk. I've copied some text below from the NHS website:

It’s rare for travellers from outside the region to be affected by Japanese encephalitis. It is estimated that only one in 1 million travellers will develop Japanese encephalitis in any year.

People who live and work in rural areas in parts of the world where the condition is widespread are most at risk. Around 9 out of 10 cases involve children under the age of 15 years.

There are an estimated 70,000 new cases every year, half of which occur in China.

.....Vaccination is normally recommended if:

You are planning to spend a month or longer in a high-risk country during the rainy season.
You are planning to visit any rural areas in high-risk countries, even if only for a short time.
You will be taking part in any activities that may increase your risk of becoming infected, such as visiting rice fields or pig farms, cycling or camping.

Hope this helps!

[ Edit: Edited on 07-May-2013, at 08:48 by bex76 ]

5. Posted by zarzarfarmer (Budding Member 23 posts) 1y

Quoting bex76

I was there in April, May and June. I don't remember being advised about risk dates though; it was more a case of the areas visited and the amount of time in these areas. I don't think I've come across any other travellers who have had it, and my travel doctor didn't think it was necessary. Possibly as you are travelling in the rainy season though you might be at slightly higher risk. I've copied some text below from the NHS website:

It’s rare for travellers from outside the region to be affected by Japanese encephalitis. It is estimated that only one in 1 million travellers will develop Japanese encephalitis in any year.

People who live and work in rural areas in parts of the world where the condition is widespread are most at risk. Around 9 out of 10 cases involve children under the age of 15 years.

There are an estimated 70,000 new cases every year, half of which occur in China.

.....Vaccination is normally recommended if:

You are planning to spend a month or longer in a high-risk country during the rainy season.
You are planning to visit any rural areas in high-risk countries, even if only for a short time.
You will be taking part in any activities that may increase your risk of becoming infected, such as visiting rice fields or pig farms, cycling or camping.

Hope this helps!

Thanks Bex, I'm just so unsure on what to do? We're going to be there in October for the whole month but it doesn't sound like we need it. I will mull over it for a while longer but really appreciate your help, thanks again x

6. Posted by katie84 (Budding Member 66 posts) 1y

:)Hey, im in asia and was advised to get it so I did. I am here until end of this year start of next. Personally for me I prefer to be safe than sorry. Ive just got back from the drs today because something bit me. Im on crutches and currently cant walk. Dr was very good and its only a bad reaction but you never know .

Regards
Katie

7. Posted by zarzarfarmer (Budding Member 23 posts) 1y

Quoting katie84

:)Hey, im in asia and was advised to get it so I did. I am here until end of this year start of next. Personally for me I prefer to be safe than sorry. Ive just got back from the drs today because something bit me. Im on crutches and currently cant walk. Dr was very good and its only a bad reaction but you never know .

Regards
Katie

Hi Katie,

Oh my gosh I'm so sorry to hear that I hope you're ok?
We decided yesterday that our health is more important than worrying about money/cost of things so we're going to get it and after reading your message I know we've now made the right decision.
Depending on where in Asia you are we may bump into you when we're travelling around there from Sept - Dec this year.

Best wishes

ZG

8. Posted by magicshelly (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

I have been living in Japan for two years and I have never had that shot. I never even heard of it! I don't think the risk is too high.

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5336 posts) 1y

Agreed, only worth it if going into rural areas or if you think you'll be spending extended period of time in Asia during a monsoon. I spent a lot on these vaccinations a few years ago and had buyers remorse after :) That said, I would pretty much always bow to what the travel nurse/doc recommends. I usually explain to them that I can't afford to spend money on vaccinations unless they are really necessary, and if they still insist that its better to have it, I'll get it.

Japanese Encephalitis only last for 3 yrs if I remember correctly. Also, you don't feel too hot after those particular jabs - at least, I didn't anyway - no side effects from others really other than a stiff arm on occasion.

hope that helps :)

10. Posted by zarzarfarmer (Budding Member 23 posts) 1y

Thank you all for your feedback and opinions, really appreciate them.

:-)