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1. Posted by Tony-Guy (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I posted this yesterday, but no reply. And I really need some thoughts on this guys.

How safe is it to get your vaccines in Thailand?

I'm leaving for a three month trip in 5 days, and I dont have any vaccines (except the basics). I know I need a lot, cus I go to the country side, eat locally etc. But they are so expensive at home. So I thought since I'm leaving soon anyway, I might as well get them there.

Anyone know anything about this? Where to do so, how cheap they are, how reliable the doctors are, is it safe, how is the Thail health care system etc. Any advice would help.

Sorry to post it twice guys, but I really need to hear what you think.


2. Posted by nin_hydrin (Budding Member 19 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tony-Guy,

In my opinion,vaccines in Thailand are safe because we have standard protocol for producing it and it should be international standard. I've never heard anyone get something wrong after getting vaccination.

and yes, it's inexpensive. As I remember, tetanus vaccine costs around 100-200 bahts. Is it cheap?
Anyway, you can get this cheap price from government hospitals which queue maybe quite long.

By the way, after you getting vaccine, it may take a few days or a week... or more than that to induce you immune cells to produce antibody. So, do you have time enough?

What's more, I wonder which disease you worry about? Because you talked about eating locally. I have no idea about vaccine which protects you from diarrhoea.

3. Posted by Tony-Guy (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks bro, really appreciate it.

Diarrhoea doesnt really worry me. Its inevitable at some point. Hep A is what I'm worried about considering eating locally. Maybe Typhoid.

Second man, thats really cheap. Definately worth it, considering my doctors appointment is two days before I leave anyway.

I know they take a few weeks to kick in, but hey, la vida loca right. Just gotta stay away from swamps, the shittiest food and the easiest girls for the first two weeks, and I'm all set.

My trip is for three months, so its all right.

The disease I'm worried about i definately Japanese encephalitis. That and Hep A. The Jap vaccine here in Australia costs 200 bucks per shot, which is insane.

You wouldnt happen to know anything about this disease would you? I know its about as dangerous as a front collision on the high way, but rare. Is this vaccine normal for travelers to get?


4. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 473 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You should be seeking this advice off a doctor at home who specialises in tropical travel-related diseases.

Whereas many will advise you the Thai health system is OK - I won't - it is very much a lottery and has none of the ethical standards or monitoring that you get at home.

You WILL be able to get just about any jab or pill you want, but you are unlikely to get good, comprehensive advice as to what you REALLY need - they will be much more interested in charging you for a jab. If you require a series (e,g. Hep B and I think A too) you will either have to hang around or hope you can get the appropriate secondary jabs elsewhere.

Thai healthcare is very much dominated by a culture of selling drugs rather than giving advice.

at the end of the day, Thailand is usually regarded as a low risk country for travelers to catch disease, but a lot depends on what you do and where you go.

Vaccinations will be available but how necessary and administered correctly is a different matter.

Prevention is better than cure and in many cases, such as Dengue, there is no vaccine so you'll need to take our ow precautions.

5. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 202 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

What you may not realize is that vaccines take at least a couple weeks for an antibody response to develop.

Even if you got vaccinated the first day you arrived in BKK- you would not be protected for several weeks.

I would advise vaccination before travel- for Hep A, and typhoid- and getting antimalarials if you are planning on being in a malaria zone.

Good luck.

6. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 473 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

"Diarrhoea doesnt really worry me." - well it should, it can be a symptom of anything from a minor tummy upset to a major infection.
It is also a common cause of dehydration and even a mild case could end you up on a hospital bed if you don't take it seriously.

I have to say that your attitude to medication whilst travelling is a bit vague, cavalier even. Whereas Thailand is not a hugely dangerous place to visit, it is a good idea to get an idea of what the risks are well before travelling. Then at least you have the option to get jabs and medication - an option which you have denied yourself.

7. Posted by Tony-Guy (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

All right you guys are giving me so much advice I dont need.

I know its advisable to get them before you go. No need to say that. Thats why I'm bringing up the subject, because I'm doing something unadvisable. Get it?

I know it takes time for the vaccines to work. However, I'm leaving in two days. So I dont see the point of paying 200 bucks per shot when they wont start working for two weeks anyway.

What I was asking was if the thai health care system is safe? (wildfk partly answered that. But he said they would not be able to give me advice. Well, I know exactly which vaccines I need. So is it still a problem?)
Or maybe I should do it in KL (which is my stopover).

8. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 473 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Healthcare in Thailand is a lottery - mant THINK it is wonderful but they really wouldn't know what they were looking at anyway. You will save on Doctors fees in both cases and if the country manufactures the drug it will be cheaper too.

Doctors in Thailand are incredibly tied in with drug companies and get fees for selling their drugs - unlike many countries there are few checks and balances on this so the whole system is open to abuse.

If you are sure you know and can ID the drugs then at least you will be able to check on what they are administering. There is of course no way that you can tell at that point if the drug is of good quality etc.

You can certainly get your jabs here but I'd try KL first

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10. Posted by crisharry (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thailand has pretty developed so i don't think it would be a problem.