No. We do not recommend travelers to take antimalarial tablets in Thailand. However, it doesn’t mean that you do not need to prevent malaria. Mosquito bite prevention is strongly recommended.
There are several reasons why we do not recommend the use of antimalarial tablets in Thailand. Please refer to these articles from our blog:
If you plan to rural areas of Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam. The situation and our recommendation may not be the same. Please consult the qualified medical professionals in this issue.
Please refer to specific articles from our blog below. (Open in new windows)
Rabies vaccine in Southeast Asia. Is it necessary ? (1)
Rabies vaccine in Southeast Asia. Is it necessary ? (2)
Should I get JE vaccine for traveling in Southeast Asia (1)?
Should I get JE vaccine for traveling in Southeast Asia (2)?
Yes, absolutely. Our doctor will review your general health status, allergies, previous vaccination history as well as detail of your trip in order to provide a sound recommendation for you.
First thing to note, we use only the vaccines from reputable phamaceutical manufacturers such as GSK, Sanofi Pasteur, Crucell, etc. But you may notice that the cost of the vaccine in Thailand is much cheaper than in the western countries.
Here are some facts and explanation;
1. Some "travel" vaccines in the western countries are actually the routine ones in Thailand. Such as Hepatitis B vaccine and JE vaccine; these two vaccines have been included in our national program of immunization for many years. We give it to every people in Thailand in their childhood. So we have to spend a huge amount of vaccine per year when compare to the western countries. Therefore we could get a lower price just due to the economy of scale.
2. Moreover, like many medications, the pharmaceutical company usually set the price structure different from country to country. The GDP and the purchasing power of people in each country are usually the factors that they consider.
3. So according to #2,#3; we could buy most vaccines much cheaper than in the western countries. ... (READ MORE)
There is no limit number of shot that you can get on the same visit. Receiving multiple shots on the same day do not effect the efficacy nor the safety of vaccine.
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There are many factors that our doctor have to consider before giving vaccine or malaria advice. Those factors included
- How long will you stay?; which part of Thailand that you would like to travel to?
- Will you travel to other country in Southeast Asia?
- What will be your activity and your accommodation during this trip?
- How about your general health status? Any allergies? Any current medication?
- Are you in special group? e.g. Pregnant woman, traveling with kids, elderly, immnunodeficiency
- Any previous vaccination history?
These information are necessary for our doctor to consider which vaccine would work best for you? And in order to save time, we develop our travel clinic questionnaire to be a communication tool for us.
- Once you arrive, you are requested to fill the hospital registration form and the clinic questionnaire inquiring about your general health status, pervious vaccination record, detail of your trip, etc.
- Our nurses will be check your weight, height and blood pressure
- You will meet with one of our doctors. Discuss risk and benefit of vaccines, and other important issues e.g. malaria prevention, etc
- Sign the vaccine consent.
- Go to our cashier and pharmacy unit (locate in the same area)
- Get the shots from our qualifed nurses
- All clients must be observed in our clinic at least 30 min after being vaccinated.
Most traveler will complete the whole vaccination process within 1.5 hour (1 hour and 30 minute). Time breakdown is as follow;
1 Fill the Health questionnaire and complete the registration process 10-15 minutes
2 Consult with our doctor 20-30 minutes
3 Payment and get the shots 10-15 minutes
4 Observe in our clinic 30 minutes
For your convenience, please make an appointment and fill the Health Questionnaire online. So you will get step#1 done before you arrive.
If you choose to "walk-in", it is still possible to complete the whole process within 1.5 hour in best case (no other clients waiting), otherwise there will be some waiting time.
Yes, we accept Visa and Master Card for the payment over 500 baht.
Vaccine and vaccination process are very safe. Most side effects, such as pain or fever, if any, will be mild and spontaneous recover.
However, there is one immediate serious reaction to vaccine called anaphylaxis. It is very rare and only occurs when your body totally reject the vaccine. The patient will develop rash, syncope, difficulty of breathing which require immediate medical treatment. After prompt and proper treatment, patient will be recovered perfectly.
Unfortunately, there is no way to predict who will develop this reaction. But if it will occur, it wll occur immediately. Most case develop within 5-10 min after getting shot. This is why, just to be sure and safe, you should stay in our hospital for at least 30minutes. Should any immediate reaction happen, we could treat you promptly.