Dengue vaccine for travelers/foreigners in Thailand: Should I get it?

Right now dengue vaccine has been registered and available in some hospitals in Thailand, including ours. Some travelers did ask us whether they should get dengue vaccine or not and what is our recommendation.

In fact, to answer this question is not easy as it seems.

For those who prefer a quick answer without any detail. Our answer is no. We DO NOT recommend the use of dengue vaccine in travelers visiting Thailand. For those who live/work in Thailand (the expat), we also do not recommend. Currently, we will give dengue vaccine only to local people who live . . . → Read More: Dengue vaccine for travelers/foreigners in Thailand: Should I get it?

What should I do if I am bitten by a dog?

Bitten or scratched by a dog, cat or monkey is a common problem seen in our travel clinic. Most important concern in this scenario is a rabies risk. Since it is a serious and untreatable disease. Once someone develop symptoms of rabies, it will always fatal. So we have to do everything we can to prevent rabies virus when they have been bitten/scratched by a mammal. Here are some useful information and advice

1. Once you exposure to any mammal (dog, cat, monkey, etc), the first step is to clean your wound immediately with antiseptic or just soap and water. . . . → Read More: What should I do if I am bitten by a dog?

Why we don’t set any vaccine bundle-package or promotion in our clinic?

Some travelers might wonder that why we do not set a vaccine-bundle package or any promotion in our clinic. Although it may be a good marketing idea for any clinics, we simply don’t do it. Why? Here are some reasons/explanation:

1. We believe that the reasonable pre-travel vaccines for all travelers are not the same even they travel to the same destination. Risk of acquiring infectious diseases are different between person to person. So we need a proper risk-assessment in order to give a sound recommendation.

For example, a businessman who plan to visit Bangkok for only a week come . . . → Read More: Why we don’t set any vaccine bundle-package or promotion in our clinic?

Risk of dengue infection among travelers in Southeast Asia

“What is the chance to get dengue infection while traveling in Southeast Asia?” is a very good question. But it is difficult to answer. Since at least we have to know two numbers; the first one is the total number of travelers in Southeast Asia and secondly we have to know how many of them actually got dengue infection during their trip.

To get these two numbers precisely is not easy since there are many limitations as you might imagine. However, base on previous researches, the risk to develop dengue infection (symptomatic) among travelers is considered to be around 1% . . . → Read More: Risk of dengue infection among travelers in Southeast Asia

Useful information about dengue infection for travelers

Generally, in our travel clinic, when we give some advices about malaria; we will try to add something about dengue also. Since, in fact, the risk for travelers to get dengue while traveling in Southeast Asia is far greater than malaria. However, not surprisingly, dengue infection is less known to travelers when compared to malaria.

Let’s start with some basic, yet important, information about dengue.

1. Dengue is a mosquito borne disease. It exists in many countries in tropical/subtropical area including in Asia, Africa, Central and South America. See the map from World Health Organization (WHO) below. Among . . . → Read More: Useful information about dengue infection for travelers