When planning a trip to a foreign country its important to consider your health, safety and well-being and covering yourself against any disease. There are a number of vaccines for Thailand that are recommended to ensure you are protected and get the best out of your trip.
It’s recommended that travellers to Thailand have inoculations for Hepatitis A and Typhoid at a minimum and also Hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis or Rabies depending on which regions they’re visiting and the activities they are planning to do.
If your travel plans taking a trip to remote areas away from the usual tourist areas then Malaria prevention tablets may be recommended. However, these are unnecessary for popular tourist hubs like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket or Koh Samui. Be aware of mosquitos in general as they can carry Dengue fever, especially common during the wet season.
When arranging your shots for Thailand, it’s important to make sure you leave enough time for your body to adjust and the vaccines have time to start working. It is recommended have your vaccinations about 4 to 6 weeks before you travel.
The World Health Organisation recommends the following inoculations and injections for Thailand: Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Yellow fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies and Tetanus. Check with your local travel clinic for updates.
There are no inoculations required for Thailand. If you’re travelling from the US, Britain, or Australia, there are usually no compulsory vaccinations required for Thailand.
Thailand vaccinations recommended are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, Rabies and Tetanus. This will also apply for travel to Bangkok. The risk in most cities in Thailand is classed as low to no risk for malaria.
Thailand travel vaccinations that you get in general will also cover you for Phuket. These include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Yellow fever, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies and Tetanus.
Malaria prevention tablets may be recommended to travel certain parts of Thailand that are more remote areas away from the usual tourist areas.
Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito characterised by the onset of sudden high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, and pain in muscles and joints. Dengue fever risk is present in both urban and rural areas in Thailand, but with a higher risk in the northeast of the country during the monsoon from April to December. Make sure you use mosquito repellent to protect you from contracting this disease.
Food and water in Thailand can pose some health risks that could lead to gastrointestinal upsets. To be safe, avoid drinking the tap water; it’s not treated and thus unsafe to consume. Choose bottled water instead. Avoid eating food that’s been sitting around for a while.
The price of travel vaccines can vary depending on the medical provider and the type of vaccine. Prices can range for example, from AUD 25 for the Hepatitis B vaccine, up to AUD 285 for the Japanese Encephalitis vaccination.
Check with your doctor or travel clinic for advice. It depends on where you are going and for how long. Some people prefer to be safe than sorry and cover themselves for their exposure to a new climate and environment, foods and bacteria regardless of their length of stay.
Thailand has a national health insurance system, called the Universal Coverage Scheme (UCS) which provides free public healthcare through the Ministry of Public Health to Thai nationals. Expats working in Thailand are covered by the UCS and their contribution to the scheme is deducted from their salary. For travellers visiting Thailand, free healthcare is not available.
Since introducing universal healthcare in 2001, Thailand has made significant steps in developing a healthcare system that has been able to cover 98% of the population with affordable healthcare within a 10-year timeframe. Thailand is recognized worldwide for the quality of its healthcare services, ranking as one of the higher Asian countries for having a better healthcare system behind Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.
Yes, travel immunizations are available at many hospitals throughout Thailand. Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute in Bangkok is a popular choice for travellers with clean and modern facilities, English-speaking doctors and affordable vaccines.
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