Replies: 8 - Last Post: Apr 3, 2013 1:02 PM Last Post By: westwood
Apr 3, 2013 2:26 AM
Apr 3, 2013 3:12 AM
1where are you? a travel clinic will give you very good advice. GPs tend to be less useful because this isn't an area they specialise in. there should be something like this near you.
Apr 3, 2013 3:21 AM
Apr 3, 2013 4:39 AM
Apr 3, 2013 4:41 AM
4If you can afford nothing else, go for the various Hepatitis jabs. All of those are a great foundation. Unless you'll be living in remoter parts, there is 'probably' far less chance of contracting it compared to some areas but it's still good to have those for other travels where having that defense is very important in some parts of Asia.
Apr 3, 2013 8:20 AM
5If your in the UK then I got mine a couple of months ago, Hep A and B combined which were three separate jabs, typhoid which was one jab but you can also get the tablets where you take three over a week, Diphtheria/tet/polio which was one combined jab, and my MMR because i was behind on that one which was one jab. I got a two week prescription for malaria tablets because I'm planning on crossing borders into Cambodia, but if your not then using DEET sprays and nets should be suffice, the other one to consider is rabies, after doing my re-search and for the sake of £90 and three more injections I decided not to go ahead with them, but do your re-search and make your own decision on that one.
Also the UK charge around £50 for each hep B injection and you need 3, so ask for it combined with your hep A and you can usually get away without paying.
hope this helps
Apr 3, 2013 9:34 AM
Apr 3, 2013 9:41 AM
7Aside from the usual (polio, tentanus, MMR) you should consider Hep A, diptheria and typhoid: the latter all down to dirty water and utensils. Hep B is transmitted through blood/body fluid contact so unless you plan to have unprotected sex, a blood tranfusion or would be working in a profession where transmission of body fluids is likely it is not necessary or recommended. Some organisations recommend Japanese Encephalitis. Personally, I have never had this but I live in BK and it's not really present here.
There is however a very real issue with dengue fever: this year has already seen the highest number of cases in the past 5 years. There is no cure or prevention: you need to cover up, use repellent and avoid getting bitten in the first place
Apr 3, 2013 1:02 PM
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