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

Update 1 December 2017: The vaccine company (Sanofi) has just published a press release informed that dengue vaccine might increase the risk to develop severe disease if given to someone who never had dengue infection before.

The article below had been revised accord to the new information. Some changes are indicated in the underlined text.

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 . . . → 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?