You may be wondering what immunizations are required to travel to Thailand. When traveling to a foreign country, it is important to make sure that your necessary vaccinations are up to date. Though the vaccines can vary based on your doctor's recommendations, here are the steps you should take to preserve your health if you are visiting Thailand.
- Vaccines typically recommended for travel to Thailand include those for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, and Japanese encephalitis. You should also make sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations, such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, and poliovirus vaccine. If you are a long-term traveler to Thailand or if you may come in contact with animals during your travels, your doctor may also recommend the rabies vaccine.
- To make sure the vaccinations will take effect in time, plan to see your doctor at least four to six weeks before you travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that you find a health care provider who specializes in travel medicine. To find a list of these doctors, visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/travel-clinics.aspx.
- If you are a long term traveler planning to work or study abroad in Thailand, your school or employer may require additional vaccines.
- In addition to vaccinations, you should discuss malaria prevention with your doctor if you will be traveling to an area of Thailand where malaria is present, specifically rural, forested areas that border Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar (Burma). Your doctor may recommend a prescription antimalarial drug.
Enjoy your travels!