Visiting Thailand soon ? One day, I hope to, so I needed to find out what shots, if any, are suggested or required before visiting. After doing some research it looks like I am good to go, with a few suggestions. There are a lot of questions about vaccinations, however this doesn’t only apply to travel. We have friends who had never vaccinated their child who was turning 5 and getting ready to go to school. I don’t know how it all worked out, as they moved out of state. However I don’t think people are able to get around the “medical reasons” or religious reasons anymore. I may be wrong, but it won’t work when trying to travel. Decisions about getting or not getting vaccinated before traveling to certain countries, is obvisously up to you.
Like I said I did some research, and you will find people all over the spectrum regarding vaccinations. Some believe like our friends did that, that they are evil and dangerous, while others believe they are life-saving. There are also many people who don’t want to deal with the expense and time involved. Some may think they are immune or in good health and are immunizations are only needed for the young and elderly. So do you get vaccinated or not?
Putting personal feelings aside, I found that most people believe this depends on what country you are going to, how long you will be visiting, and what type(s) of activities you will be doing while in said country. Using Thailand as my example, most sites suggest, besides your routine vaccines, getting vaccinated for Hepatitis A, and Typhoid. However there are some that also suggest Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Malaria, Rabies, and Yellow Fever.
So my question is how far is too far for you? Do the pros out-weigh the cons? Are some vaccinations worth the risk? Or is it ok to take some precautions against things like Malaria and not get vaccinated? I am not going to Thailand this year, so I have a while to think about it, but it definitely gave me some food for thought. Before rolling up your sleeve, I suggest, checking out the CDC Site, look up their suggestions and requirements for the locations you will be visiting, then talk to your doctor. Hopefully he or she will be honest and can help you determine which vaccinations you really need , and which ones you can skip to help save some money. Please share your thoughts and opinions. Would love to hear what everyone out there has to say on this topic. Happy travels.
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