Vaccinations in Bangkok

 

 

Prevention is still the best weapon against any disease. It is good that most of the health risks in Bangkok can be prevented through vaccinations.

Prior to the scheduled relocation, seek the advice of a healthcare provider on what immunisations or medications you should take. This would be evaluated depending on your history, health factors, and the prevalent diseases in the country where you would be going.

Health Risks

Although Malaria in Thailand is typically only found in the rural and forest areas, a prescription anti-malarial drug is available for you to take. This drug should be purchased before travel. Consult with your doctor for a prescription and more information.

Yellow fever in not a health risk in Thailand, but for people coming from areas where the disease is present, the government requires vaccination certificates.

Immunisation for Hepatitis A and B and typhoid fever are recommended for all people travelling to countries where these viruses are present. If you have already acquired vaccinations before, make sure that they are updated, and boosters have been taken prior to the travel.

Although the global pandemic of Swine Flu (H1N1) is declared officially over by the World Health Organization, getting vaccine shots for influenza (which now fights the H1N1 strain) is very much recommended. Along with this, routine vaccinations for chicken pox (varicella), polio, measles/ mumps/ rubella (MMR), and diphtheria/ pertussis/ tetanus (DPT) should be updated.

Expatriates travelling with children should make sure that their vaccinations are complete as they are more prone to become infected. Expats parents must also secure an international health insurance policy in Bangkok which provides coverage for the whole family.