How to Get Immunized Before Traveling to Thailand

Traveling to a foreign country can be an exciting adventure. Although having fun is important, staying healthy during your trip should be a priority. This article will tell you how to get immunized before traveling to Thailand.

Steps

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    Make an appointment with a travel clinic 4-to-6 weeks before your scheduled trip. This is especially important if you are planning to travel to more than one country during your trip.
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    Know your own status with routine inoculations. If you are due for a booster, such as a tetanus shot, make sure your doctor includes them.
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    Discuss all recommended vaccines for Thailand with your doctor. In addition to your routine vaccinations these include: Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid and Japanese Encephalitis.
    • Travelers who have high-risk occupations such as veterinarians and wildlife researchers, or adventure travelers should also get a rabies vaccination.
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    Begin taking an anti-malaria drug if you plan to travel in rural or forested areas of Thailand. Your doctor can determine which drug will be the best protection for you in specific areas.
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    Make sure the travel clinic you want to go to is a certified yellow fever vaccination center, if you are visiting a country that has a risk of yellow fever. Thailand requires inoculation if you will be arriving from one of these countries.
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    Coordinate immunizations between a travel medicine doctor and your own doctor if you have any ongoing medical conditions. Sometimes, certain vaccines are contradicted.

Tips

  • Be aware that polio has resurfaced in neighboring Indonesia. Ask your doctor if vaccination is needed.
  • Diseases can spread quickly in the age of quick, world-wide travel. Keep track of travel advisories and warnings for the areas you will be traveling in.
  • Other diseases that do not have vaccines exist in Thailand. Your doctor will advise you on how to prevent these diseases.

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Categories: Allergies and Immunization