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#1 Hotfpchic

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 08:17 AM

My FMIL is a Dr and is suggesting a huge list of vaccines for us to have before going to Phuket and Bangkok for our honeymoon. I have a feeling she is going a little OTT. What vaccines do you have if any to go to Phuket and Bangkok?

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 08:35 AM

We went to Bangkok and Phuket in November and I checked with my GP who told me no vaccines were necessary smile.gif
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 08:52 AM

Nothing is compulsory for Thailand (as far as I know happy.gif ). Any doctor will recommend a huge list of injections - they can't help themselves!!

I didn't get anything when I went, and I'm pretty good at avoiding injections. biggrin.gif I have weird reactions to a lot of things and have ended up unconscious on the floor of the doctor's surgery in the past.

However, as I had been living in Asia for years in the lead up to going to Thailand, I had already had a number of injections (mainly for India). You might want to get some things 'just in case', but you don't have to.

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 09:19 AM

When we were planning our trip to Thailand I'd already had vaccinations for a previous planned trip to Fiji - I've had the shots for Hep A, Hep B and Typhoid - L also had these a few years ago for his first trip to Thailand.
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 09:56 AM

We're leaving for Thailand next Thursday & we got 1x vaccine for Hep A & Typhoid. The dr looked it up on the computer & felt it was best to be safe by having these. Not sure if it's compulsary but I'd rather be safe.


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Posted 12 March 2008 - 11:37 AM

Thanks for the replies,

Has anyone bothered taking Malaria tablets??
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 11:44 AM

Yep, I got the Hep A and Typhoid one too smile.gif and I will get my Hep A booster soon, meaning I am protected for (I think?) life then.

I also got a teatnus shot, because I hadn't had one in years and just to be safe.

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 11:50 AM

We didnt have anything. If I was planning to go somewhere off the beaten path I would have but Phuket and Bangkok are pretty touristy!!

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 12:40 PM

QUOTE(Hotfpchic @ Mar 12 2008, 12:37 PM) View Post

Thanks for the replies,

Has anyone bothered taking Malaria tablets??



No, not bothering with them.
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 12:51 PM

I never got any either, and we went off the beaten track a little bit. You'll be fine, just use common sense ie don't drink tap water etc.

We didn't do malaria tabs either, i don't think I even saw a mozzie over there!
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 01:06 PM

We did when we went. We got all the Heps. Made sure our tenuous was all upto date oh and typhoid also. Its not worth the risk!

Re malaria tablets… we didn’t take them when we went to Thailand (we went to Bangkok, Koh Samui, phuket) But when we went to Africa we definitely did. Our GP told us for Thailand you can take it to be safe but we opted not to. Like for Africa they told us you have have rabies shots. We opted not to.

It is personal choice but in all honesty, I really would recommend getting all your heps. It is expensive but when its done its done.


ETA re comment above common sense thing…. If someone works in a restaurant and serves up your food you and has hep you could be at risk of catching it so its not just about common sense.
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 02:06 PM

That is true but someone in Australia or any other country could serve food with Hep too though so it could happen anywhere, not just Thailand.
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 02:16 PM

I first went to Thailand 10 years ago and didn't have any vaccines however we visited again last year and had Hep and Typhoid shots. I also had one for Chickenpox as I never had it as a child. These were recommended by our travel doctor but i'm not sure if they were specific to Thailand, as we were also travelling through Cambodia and Vietnam.
Check out http://www.thetraveldoctor.com.au/ for more information. this is actually the doctor we used.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 04:16 PM

QUOTE(Summa @ Mar 14 2008, 02:06 PM) View Post

That is true but someone in Australia or any other country could serve food with Hep too though so it could happen anywhere, not just Thailand.


Sooo true. Just trying to make a point that our carefulness/common sense still might not be enough to prevent such a thing. In Aust you have to tell the work place that you have hep and stay away from work for one week after they become jaundiced other countries are not as strict.
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 04:23 PM

If I can say as someone who went to Thailand on my honeymoon, get your shots.

I am not sure what I came back with, but I had these huge welts that would come up on my skin, blister, and then turn into bruises... it was really weird, and the doctors could never work out what it was..

Also I was really tired all the time, and funnily enough this also co-incided with my no period for four months!

I am convinced it was something I got in Thailand, As when we were in bangkok due to the heat and humidity, I got the worst blisters on my feet from the walking, so by the time I got to Lao Lak (just outside of Phuket) I was glad to be wearing thongs, and no shoes at all.. however, it was also monsoon season with lots of puddles, and rain lying around with water, and I said to my husband at the time, Hmmm, do you think it is safe for me to be splashing through water puddles with open sores on my feet.. We didnt think anything else of it, but bang, when we both got home, we got the same thing.

I dont know if it would have been worse within the injections, or if it was unrelated, but to be sure, cover yourself!!
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