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1. Posted by rob k (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi..Just asking for any recommendations on health issues before i head to thailand in febuary 09..Do i need any injections or tablets from my local doctor..Thanks..Rob..:)

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3898 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I was advised to have Hepatitis A, Typhoid and a Tetanus booster (as I was due for one). Some people also opt to have Hepatitis B and rabies. You shouldn't need malaria tablets unless you are visiting the Thai-Burma border areas. It's always best to check with your doctor on these matters though.

3. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Linked below is a map to the Malarial areas of Thailand. What is much more of a threat in Thailand and it's prevalent everywhere is Dengue Fever. There is no vaccine for Dengue, so the best thing you can do is simply cover-up or put on repellent. Letting the mozzies bite is just crazy.

Definitely get a rabies shot. I got bit last year (i knew the dog's ower and he paid for all the shots) but it is so much hassle! Have to go the hospital like four times...... etc... Typhoid is near extinct in Thailand, same goes for Cholera - more chance of being killed by a coconut falling on yer head. Forget the hassle of these vaccines - yer doctor back is only wanting to make money on the shots- and anyway Typhoid is a killer vaccine - feel half-dead after it.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 10, 2008, at 11:08 PM by frank_bkk ]

4. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 465 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Don't miss out on the Hep "B" jabs,they take some time too.

Malaria is in particular a risk on the Cambodian border lately

5. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Wildfk is right. The main area for Malaria is along the Cambodian border, especially around/near and on Ko Chang.

In all my 15 years here - i never met/heard of anyone who has had Hep B. It's rare.

I have though, amazingly, had a friend (high ranking cop actually) who got Cholera! He was walking through the slums of Bangkok Noi and got bit by a rat. When the results came through at Siriarj Hospital (King's Hospital) the doctors could hardly believe it. Didn't think it existed in the capital anymore.

In 2007, there was a break out of Cholera in Phuket - 110 victims.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 11, 2008, at 11:10 PM by frank_bkk ]

6. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 465 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Beware! Hep "B' is relatively common - S. E. Asia is the "Hep-icentre" of the world! it is extremely easy to contract - usually through sexual contact, but it is through bodily fluids - e.g blood, serum etc so is quite easily contracted through cuts etc.
Unlike above I have been aware of several cases ve the last 10 years - many victims try to hide the fact they havve the illness, some don't know!