Health risks while traveling abroad varies according to individuals and many issues have to be considered such as length of stay, traveler’s health and activities overseas. Before traveling it is highly recommended to consult your doctor. They will access your health risks and recommend vaccines with respect to the result attained from the assessment. It also offers travelers the chance to discuss important health issues such as sun exposure, food and water, rate of accident, and insect bites. One of the most common health issues especially in developing countries is measles. Taking vaccinations before leaving your home country helps to check that you are immune.
What vaccinations do I need for Thailand?
Thailand is an outstanding destination in Asia, but it is best to take a few precautions to ensure a hitch-free trip. Vaccinations also help in making sure you don’t go back to your loved ones in your home country with a vile disease. It will be hard to come across a website that will tell you exactly what you need. This is because recommendations can change at anytime and it also depends on your health status as well as your purpose for visiting the country.
All of the vaccinations you are expected to take include
- Polio – in childhood
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Whooping Cough – within last 5-10 years
- Measles Mumps Rubella Chickenpox – two doses of vaccine or the actual disease
- Hepatitis B – complete course
- Meningococcal – if relevant for age
- influenza vaccine – a must for every traveler
- Shingles and Pneumonia vaccines are recommended for travelers over 65 years of age.
Extra vaccinations for your Thailand trip
- It is very essential to have Hepatitis A vaccine, regardless of where you plan to stay – whether 5 star hotels and resorts.
- Another important one is the typhoid vaccination. This is recommended and very important for budget travelers who care less about eating in unhygienic places, especially in the market place or street stalls.
- Rabies can easily be contracted by travelers. So before heading to Thailand, you need to know how you’ll perfectly manage the health risks posed by rabies. Taking vaccinations for rabies is therefore highly recommended for every traveler.
- Remember to take malaria prevention tablets especially if you are traveling to remote areas in Thailand. For top tourist destinations such as Bangkok, Phuket or Chiang Mai, you don’t need any of these malaria prevention pills.
- Remember to bring along with you a medical kit to treat several common problems such as pain, wound, gastro, coughs and much more.
It is advisable to make arrangement for these vaccination few weeks before departure date. Many of the health problems experienced by travelers can hardly be prevented by vaccines alone but you need to take other preventive measures as well. Consulting a healthcare professional who’s highly experienced in travel medicine to recommend vaccinations is very important.