Who got vaccines for Phuket and Bangkok?
Posted 17 March 2008 - 11:36 AM
Hep B (optional).
You can get a HEP A and Typhoid combined, or you can have Typhoid separate and have Hep A and B combined. Tetanus is combined with Whooping Cough in an injection called boosterix these days and doens't hurt anywhere near as bad as it used to. I'm needle phobic and have had all of the above in the last two weeks and have been fine. A mozzie bit can hurt worse.
I know people who have and haven't had shots. Some travel insurance agenices wont pay out if you haven't had the shots so this may be something to consider. We're planning on having a family later in the year so I thought it was a good idea to be covered as much as possible anyway. I think it's personal choice, but can be better to be safe than sorry if you can afford to get the injections.
As for Malaria. we wont be taking these. So many people I know haven't and have been fine. All these people commented that they met people over there how were taking them and the malaria tablets were making them really sick. They are expensive too.
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Posted 19 March 2008 - 06:12 AM
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Posted 19 March 2008 - 09:21 PM
We are also going to Thailand April and our friend who is a GP recommended Hep A, Typhoid and tenanus. So that's what we had. We are going to Cambodia too so are taking malaria tablets, but they are not needed for thailand (as far as I know).
Posted 27 March 2008 - 02:58 PM
DH and I go to a different Dr and both Dr's gave us Hep A, B and Thyphoid, a tetnus if needed and DH Dr perscribed him maleria as well, but mine didnt. So he didnt get those
1st March 2008
Posted 27 March 2008 - 03:04 PM
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.
Us too, we had Hep A, B, Typhoid and we updated our Tetanus shots.
I wouldn't have gone without having the shots, but that's just my personal stance. Do what you think is right for you.
Also, don't make the mistake we did, we were so careful not to drink the water anywhere in Thailand, and then on the second last night we both had drinks with ice in them! Oops.
Yep, I got the Hep A and Typhoid one too and I will get my Hep A booster soon, meaning I am protected for (I think?) life then.
The advice from my GP was that it's not for "life", but for life - which in medical terms is usually 20 years. HTH.
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 03:11 PM
In addition to HepA/B, Typhoid & Tetanus, I also had rabies shots. I think this was more to do with my venturing onto Nepal, but with the mangy dogs and monkeys about in Thailand, it might be worth considering? Depends if you're going to be visiting the wildlife or be sticking to the city and beaches.
& don't forget, if you have private health insurance, you can get a significant amount back.
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