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What vaccines do I need?

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1. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm going to India, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in Mid Nov. Just been to the doctors and she's told me I need all the following jabs:


Has anyone else travelled to these areas - please advise on what jabs are necessary. Luckily some of them will be free on the NHS but the rabies ones are £120!

Thanks in advance

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Beckiboo
U can skip the Rabies one. This vaccine can also be given after u get bitten by an animal. U must get the first shot, within 2 weeks, after being bitten.
I was bitten by a monkey, in Thailand, and got the vaccination, afterwards.
But the chances of being bitten by an animal are so slim, that it is not worth getting the vaccination, just in case of being bitten, when u can get it afterwards.
Also, even if u do get bitten, by an animal, and u have had a rabies vaccination, u would still need to get a booster afterwards.
Which other vaccinations would u have to pay for? I can look up, if u really need them, or not.

3. Posted by cork girl (Budding Member 25 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,
I am off to Thailand and Laos and I got:
Hep A
MMR booster shot
Malaria tablets

The doctor was really good and said I didn't really need the others and to just avoid ALL animals in case of rabies! He warned me about getting that shot within two weeks if anything did happen. Tetanus might be handy though if you are travelling through more countries and he said Hep B shot is worth having as it lasts for life. He also said to get some hydration tablets. If you are just travelling to tourist spots in Thailand Laos you will be safe but anywhere out of the main areas is really worth having shots for. They are expensive but worth it!

Don't know if any of that helps.

4. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

For some good advice on health precautions (country by country), this is a good site:
It provides complete travel health information, updated daily, for travellers & physicians.


5. Posted by chris1 (Budding Member 42 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have a couple of questions on vaccines.

I am going travelling in Febuary, going to Australia first for 8 months then going to s.e Asia for 3 months. My question is how long do the Vaccines last for ? do you think it is best to get the vaccines in the U.K before I leave or can I get these in Australia.

Hope that makes sense.