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Vaccinations needed - Japanese encephalitis?

abbotsford
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Vaccinations needed - Japanese encephalitis?

Hey, were going to be travelling to Chaing Mai in November and then will be doing a 3 day tour around the Chaing Mai / Rai areas.

I just got back from our travel doctor and he scared the BE-JESUS out of me regarding the risks of not getting this vaccine. HOWEVER, I dont know exactly how big the risk of actually catching JE is. We're staying in hotels, going to use lots of bug spray and wear long clothing now. Will make sure we're protected by mosquito nets now too. The only reason Im not jumping at getting this vaccination is because it will cost about $400 a person to get. Pretty pricy.

If anyone can shed some light on their experiences or thoughts I would appreciate it. I know there are always risks when travelling however taking a $400 dollar precaution seems a little excessive.

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1. Re: Vaccinations needed - Japanese encephalitis?

I have been to Thailand many times and have not had the vaccination; however, there is a higher incidence of the disease in the North and it is always best to get medical advice from medical experts, not fellow travelers or even expats. Check with your government's recommendations and make you own judgment from there.

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I would suggest that taking medical advice from posters on TA over the advice of a doctor who specialises in travel related diseases is foolhardy in the extreme.

A brief search on this site will come up with a veritable cornucopia of misinformation on illnesses in S.E. Asia

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3. Re: Vaccinations needed - Japanese encephalitis?

Ah, yes you can get a ... "veritable cornucopia of misinformation" on TA.

If you sought advice from a true and reputable "travel doctor" and are still undecided perhaps seek a second opinion from another doctor.

Happy & safe travels

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4. Re: Vaccinations needed - Japanese encephalitis?

As with all things in life there are no guarantees. There is always a chance of it happening. Just like being struck by lightning, hit by a bus or mugged. The choice is yours to make.

Personally I didnt take any shots nor took any special precautions when I was living there. But I lived in the BKK CBD area away from bush.

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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If you feel you must get the vaccination, get it the first day you arrive. It will cost about $30.

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Get the vaccination on the day you arrive is not a very practical piece of advice, when

"JE-VC is administered as 2 doses given by intramuscular injection 28 days apart. The series should be completed at least 1 week before potential exposure to JE virus." immunizationinfo.org/vaccines/japanese-encep…

This means that you will have very little immunity in the days right after the first jab.

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7. Re: Vaccinations needed - Japanese encephalitis?

You're probably right, but I didn't get any injections until after I was living here. No problems here, but your mileage may vary....

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