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Travelers’ Vaccines in Thailand

 



Travelers should seek medical consultation or information regarding the risk of getting any diseases in the countries they plan to visit. A number of infectious diseases can be prevented by vaccination. Followings are recommended vaccines for travelers visiting or staying in Thailand.

1. Yellow Fever (YF) Vaccine
In accordance with the International Health Regulations and with the purpose to protect the country from the risk of importing the YF virus, the government of Thailand requires proof of YF vaccination from travelers arriving from certain countries where YF is endemic or areas where the risk of exposure is high. The period of validity for YF vaccination certificate is 10 years.

Travelers who have no proof of YF vaccination at the point of entry are able to get YF vaccination at our health control offices.

2. Routine Vaccines (EPI Vaccines)
Although, vaccines are highly effective against certain infectious diseases, they rarely protect 100% of vaccinated individuals. Travelers should consult a physician 4-8 weeks before departure so they will have enough time to complete optimal immunization schedules. Routine vaccines that are available in Thailand, such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, polio vaccine, JE vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine and influenza vaccine. However, travelers with well immunizations should not assume that they have no risk of contracting any diseases. Generally, additional precautions should be considered against disease infection. 

3. Influenza Vaccines
Influenza vaccines can be divided into Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere strains.  World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that Thailand and the countries in Southeast Asia should use the Southern Hemisphere strain. People who are traveling to Thailand in rainy and cool seasons should get a Southern Hemisphere flu vaccine since data from the Bureau of Epidemiology, Department of Disease Control reveals that influenza activity usually occurs during that period. Keep in mind that it takes 2 weeks for immunity to develop after vaccination, therefore, travelers should get vaccinated at least 2 weeks before departure.  

4. Rabies Vaccine or Rabies Immunoglobulin (RIG)        
Rabies can be found in some animals, such as dogs, cats, and bats in Thailand. Although it is not a major risk to most travelers, Department of Disease Control (DDC) recommends this vaccine for these risk groups:

  • Travelers who have outdoor activities in risk areas and are at risk for animal bites, such as adventure travel, caving, and animal feeding.
  • People who work with animals, such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers, and animal volunteers.
  • Travelers who are taking trips or moving to high risk areas in Thailand.

For more information, please contact us:
Phone: 66-2-590-3222, 66-2-590-3365, or
Mr. Apichai  Pojlertaroon, Pharmacist, E-mail: idol_99_2000@yahoo.com
Bureau of General Communicable Diseases, DDC, MOPH, Thailand

 
 
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