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Medical Advice for People who are Traveling to Thailand

medical advice If you decided to travel to Thailand, then you should know which the medical advice that you should really consider before going to this beautiful country is.

The main recommendations

Before departing for Thailand, you should visit your private medical doctor or, if you prefer, you can also visit a health clinic especially designed for travelers. This visit is recommended to take place four to eight weeks before your departure. Basically, this visit is necessary regardless your destination, but there are also destinations that have more specific requirements. However, if you are heading for Thailand, then you should have the main vaccinations that are recommended and which are as follows:

  • Hepatitis A – this vaccination is suggested for all visitors, regardless the country of destination.
  • Hepatitis B – this is also a vaccinationrecommended for all travelers.
  • Yellow Fever – this is only required for those travelers who have over a year of age and are arriving from an area that is infected with yellow fever in the Americas or in Africa. Also it is required for those people who have been in transit in an airport that is situated in a country where the risk of yellow fever transmission exists. This is not required or recommended for any other travelers than the ones that find themselves in the above mentioned categories.
  • Typhoid – this vaccination is recommended for those who are likely to eat or drink in other locations than major hotels and restaurants.
  • Japanese encephalitis – this is only required for those who will spend at least one month in rural areas. Also, this may be required for short-term travelers who will spend most of their time outdoors in rural areas, especially if this time means after dusk.
  • Tetanus-diphtheria – this is actually a revaccination that is recommended to be made at least once in 10 years.
  • Rabies – this is recommended for travelers who spend most of their time outdoors. Also, this is recommended for travelers with high risk for animal bites or for travelers who work in such activities that might determine them to come into direct contact with bats
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (also referred to as MMR) – this is only recommended for travelers who were born after 1956, only in case those persons have not taken this vaccine in the childhood.

Recommended medications

There are specific ailments that are likely to affect specific travelers. For this, there are specific medications that can help travelers avoid specific problems during their travels. Here you can see which are some of the most common ailments that travelers have and which the recommended medications are, for each of them.

  • Traveler’s diarrhea – this is the most common ailment that affects travelers. The first steps that need to be taken in order to avoid this ailment is attention to food and water. Also, besides the food and water precautions, the travelers should always have with them specific antibiotics or antidiarrheal drugs that they might use immediately when the diarrhea occurs. In most cases, the traveler’s diarrhea is mild and does not require antibiotics or even antidiarrheal drugs. However, if it persists for more than 72 hours, if it is sever or if it is bloody or also in case youhave fever,accompanied by shaking chills, then you should immediately seek for medical care.
  • Malaria – for rural and forested areas of Thailand, such as those that border Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, it is recommended the prophylaxis. Also, there have been reported rare malaria cases from PhangNga and Phuket. However, in these two areas, it is not recommended to use malaria pills. Instead, travelers to these areas are recommended to use insect protection measures. In major tourist resorts or in specific cities, such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, KoPhangan and KoSamui, there is no malaria risk. Travelers who visit malaria-infected areas and also risk not to get medical attention in proper time are highly recommended to bring specific medications with them, which they will use to self-treat in case they observe they develop malaria symptoms, which may include chills, muscle aches, fever and headaches.

Recommended immunizations

Whichever hostel in bangkok you stay at. when visiting this country, travelers are highly recommended to use specific immunization vaccinations, in order to avoid compromising their health state. The most recommended immunizations for travelers to this country include the following:

  •  Hepatitis A – this is a vaccine of immunization that needs to be administered with no lessthan two weeks before your departure. Also, a booster of this vaccine is recommended to be administeredsix to twelve months later.
  •  Hepatitis B vaccine – this is a vaccine recommended for all travelers who have not been previously vaccinated for Hepatitis B disease.
  • Typhoid vaccine – this is required for all travelers who come to this area. However, there is an exception that regards visitors who are there for a short time and only take their meals at the major hotels or restaurants in the area of their visit. This is basically given in oral form, which consists of four capsules. However, this oral vaccine is only given forthose who have at least the age of six. For those between two and six years old, only injectable vaccination is suggested. Also, the injectable method is recommended in pregnant travelers.
  • Japanese encephalitis vaccine – this is recommended to be used by travelers who will spend one or more months in a rural area, as well as for those short-term travelers who will spend most of their time outdoors. The Japanese encephalitis is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes and it is mostly at risk between May through October in this country.
  • Rabies vaccine – this is especially recommended for travelers who will spend most of their time outdoors, as well for those who expose themselves at high risk for animal bites or who are involved into specific activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats. In this categories of travelers are also included the children, as they are considered with high risk for animal bites.
  • Tetanus-diphtheria vaccine – this is suggested to all visitors who have not received this immunization vaccine for the last ten years.
  • Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine – this is recommended for all the travelers who were born after 1956 and have not received this immunization yet. However, this vaccine is not recommended for pregnant travelers.
  • Cholera vaccine – this is not necessarily required, as there is low risk for infection. However, this vaccine is recommended only for travelers at high risk of exposure to Cholera, such as health professionals, relief workers and travelers who travel to Cholera infected areas.
  • Polio vaccine – this is also not required, especially for adult travelers who already completed their childhood immunizations. However, this vaccine should be used by travelers who extend their travels to rural areas.
  • Yellow fever vaccine – this is a required vaccine for all the travelers who might have been transmitted yellow fever.
Article Name
Medical Advice for People who are Traveling to Thailand
Samantha ilbassa
Medical advice including immunization advice, preventative measures and general recommendations for backpackers who are Traveling to Thailand

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