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Vaccinations for Thailand

What type of vaccinations should I get before visiting Thailand? What about Malaria? Insects or bugs! I'm coming from the US and will be out there in May. Any suggestions on safe travel and health concerns. Thanks.

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1. Re: Vaccinations for Thailand

First you should contact your own doctor or travel clinic and second try searching for the hundreds of previous topics asking the same question.

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2. Re: Vaccinations for Thailand

Research, research, research - get a good travel guide like Lonely Planet or Rough Guides and read that first, then come back to us. Visit a good travel clinic and see what they suggest.

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We went to Thailand and the Philippines ,we didn't take any vaccinations just personal insect repellant.Its up to the individual,if mosquitoes like you,then get vaccinated for peace of mind.There are about 20 or more infectious diseases in Asia ,typhoid, rabies ,hepatitis,etc,get travel insurance if you are worried.

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You can't vaccinate against mosquitoes. Dengue Fever is prevalent throughout Thailand and many people fall victim to it. The only way to guard against it is to wear repellent day and night. You should at the very least look at getting Tetanus, Typhoid and Hep A. If you don't have your vaccinations up to date would that not void any claims made for insurance once home - just a thought?

All it takes is a scratch on a rusty nail (tetanus) or some food from unsanitary conditions (typhoid and hep a) - why bother taking the risk.

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It's frightening that there are still people who travel to an entirely different environment than their own and just think that mosquitoes are the only risk and that taking out travel insurance is an effective safeguard against catching any diseases. Travel insurance is no cure if you contract a life threatening illness or one that leaves you with permanent long term effects. Unbelievable!

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Dear Arandora ,Travel Insurance is to cover hospitaliization costs if you get ill or injured.Unless your willing to pay about the same as a 5 star hotel.You can take as many precautions as you want and then get hit by a bus.

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7. Re: Vaccinations for Thailand

As I said before, Unbelievable! Comparing the cost of preventative medicine that even helps against disease in other countries including your own against cost of a 5* hotel shows where your priorities are. You can usually see a bus coming unless you walk around with rose tinted glasses! Let's just see how many people agree with your assessment of risk.

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Poulton Le Fylde...
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9. Re: Vaccinations for Thailand

You visit a foreign country with no precautions and I'm a nut case?!

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10. Re: Vaccinations for Thailand

Insurance would pay for the direct hospital cost but it cannot truly compensate for the days that you spend in a hospital instead of enjoying Thailand since those days are quite priceless; I don't think most people book holidays to spend their time in hospitals.

I also cannot see any insurance payment to be a full compensation e.g. for the permanent loss of liver function due to Hepatitis that could have been totally prevented by prior vaccination.