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#175602 5-Jul-2015 20:34
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Hi,

I will be heading to SE Asia for a few months and I'll probably get these vaccines:

- Diphteria
- Hep A + B
- Japanese encephalitis
- Malaria
- Polio
- Rabies
- Tetanus
- Typhod fever
- Yellow fever

The prices seem to vary quite a lot and those so called "travel doctors" seem to be the most expensive.

Anyone knows where these could be done at a cheap rate?

Thank you.

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  #1337476 5-Jul-2015 20:38
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Have you tried asking your local GP to see if they offer these as a service? They probably won't be offer you the advice that a travel clinic can, but if you know what they want some will simply be able to offer these to you.



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  #1337478 5-Jul-2015 20:40
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I have and the GP has been reluctant in getting the vaccines which was quite odd as someone mentioned that their GP was helpful.

I just realised I forgot to mention that I'm in Auckland.

 
 
 
 


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  #1337484 5-Jul-2015 20:47
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From experience some will, some don't want to be involved. There is a lot of knowledge required, particularly around timeframes and combinations.




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  #1337787 6-Jul-2015 12:34
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We traveled for just under one month at the end of last year to Cambodia and Vietnam (not in high risk areas).  Our local GP (Wellington area) has a "travel doctor" and we got good advice and only some of the vaccines as the cost/benefit/risk needs to be weighed up compared to remoteness (e.g. rabies bigger issue if not ready access to evacuation).  The costs can get very high.  

Also weigh up options like we were advised that good use of insect repellant could be better choice than the range of medicine based protections to cover different types.  Depends on your locations and the local risks which the travel doctors should know. 

Make sure you allow enough time and get advice you can trust.  We got caught out with making an appointment, having to wait a couple of weeks before we could be first seen and then told getting too late for some anyway (if we had needed them).  

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  #1337791 6-Jul-2015 12:41
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tcpdump: I will be heading to SE Asia for a few months and I'll probably get these vaccines:

- Diphteria
- Hep A + B
- Japanese encephalitis
- Malaria
- Polio
- Rabies
- Tetanus
- Typhod fever
- Yellow fever


That's quite a list.  Have you talked to a doctor about what vaccines you actually need?

According to the World Health Organisation Yellow Fever has never been reported in Asia.

There is no Malaria vaccine.  Depending on where you are going the Malaria medicine you are given will differ.   

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