Hep B Vaccinations for Koh Samui

(21 Posts)
ihatethecold Sat 23-May-15 16:51:21

If you have been to Koh Samui, Did you get vaccinated against Hep B before you went?
Thanks

specialsubject Sun 24-May-15 10:55:11

the destination isn't really relevant for hep B, it is what you plan to do when you get there. Unless you are a medical worker or are in the risk groups listed in the following (or planning activities that will put you in those groups), don't worry.

www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/hepatitis-b-vaccine.aspx

Christelle2207 Sun 24-May-15 11:29:56

PP is correct. I didn't, but didn't exactly go camping in the jungle either. It's a very safe place to go to, enjoy!

munchkin2902 Sun 24-May-15 11:32:43

You don't need jabs to go to Thailand really.

Go to fisherman's village! And try to avoid the time share sellers.

I'm jealous, Koh Samui was the best holiday I've ever had!

specialsubject Sun 24-May-15 11:45:56

you do need jabs for Thailand, but only the ones you should have anyway.

make sure typhoid and tetanus are in date.

ihatethecold Sun 24-May-15 19:33:58

Thanks. I don't think we've ever had typhoid vaccinations.
We don't plan to visit the jungle. Just a nice villa by the beach.

dementedpixie Sun 24-May-15 19:42:24

www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-%28east%29/thailand.aspx - this says hepatitis A and tetanus is recommended.

We got hep A, tetanus boosters and typhoid ones for dominican republic

dementedpixie Sun 24-May-15 19:44:00

typhoid is not a jab that is given routinely

TweenageAngst Sun 24-May-15 19:50:40

We had Hep A and Tetanus boosters for Thailand.
Hep B only if you are planning unprotected sex or sharing needles.
Koh Samui is great.
Hep A is water borne so advisable as a lot of the best foods are salads

specialsubject Sun 24-May-15 19:55:18

so it isn't - things have changed! Thanks.

FCO advice (via a chain of links) says that 'standard' travellers are low risk for typhoid. Obviously be very careful with food and water; no-one drinks tap water in Thailand, make sure it isn't in what you think is bottled water.

my usual warning re dengue: 24/7 DEET necessary.(FCO also mentions this)

obviously Thailand is very unstable politically but you are unlikely to run into trouble on Koh Samui.

TweenageAngst Sun 24-May-15 20:16:22

I agree with specialist re dengue- they are morning feeding mossies so DEET is pretty essential all day every day. I have had two friends come back from SE Asia with Dengue it is really unpleasant.
The main instability is in Southern Thailand along the Malay border. I spent a week there visiting family after they had said it is all fine. There were armed soldiers everywhere and bombs going off all the time. It was a tense week, the kids thought it was great.

specialsubject Mon 25-May-15 09:59:02

the southern four provinces of Thailand have been FCO no-go for years now (i.e. no travel insurance). Not that the OP is planning to go there.

the dengue mosquito can bite at any time of day and is also silent, which isn't very sporting really.

ihatethecold Mon 25-May-15 11:44:10

Yes. The mozzies worry me.
My dd11 is being bitten daily here in England. They must love her.
She reacts quite badly to them.
I'll have to sheep dip her in DEET!

specialsubject Mon 25-May-15 11:55:32

covering up is also good (and a good idea for Thailand culture and sun anyway).

Sidge Mon 25-May-15 12:10:57

I'd really strongly advise Hep A and make sure all are in date for diphtheria, tetanus and polio (kids usually are as its in their baby and preschool jabs).

Typhoid not usually needed if you have access to safe water.

Hep B can be worth considering if you are frequent travellers, or plan to do activities that increase the risk of accident or injury - as well as piercings, tattoos and sexual activity if you have an accident requiring medical treatment you may be at increased risk of exposure to Hep B via non sterile instruments, or contaminated blood and fluid products.

Insect repellent is crucial, even though very low malarial risk on Koh Samui there is dengue fever, as well as other unusual parasitic infections.

Aim to have any jabs at least 2-3 weeks before travel to allow maximum efficacy.

ihatethecold Mon 25-May-15 16:04:13

Thanks sidge
How would we know as adults if our dpt was up to date?
I lived in Hong Kong as a child so was always having booster jabs but I can't remember what for.

3littlefrogs Mon 25-May-15 16:10:30

Your immunization record should be in your GP records.
Book an appointment with your practice nurse asap and they will sort you out.

Tiger balm is better than anything for mosquito bites. Definitely use repellent though. They are really only around in the evening and night.

dementedpixie Mon 25-May-15 18:53:22

The dengue fever mosquitos are about in the day though

dementedpixie Mon 25-May-15 18:55:35

I saw our practice nurse for our vaccinations as she runs a travel clinic. me and dh got the tetanus, dyptheria, polio booster as we hadn't had it in the last 10 years. The kids were covered by their previous jabs still so didn't need that one

specialsubject Mon 25-May-15 19:37:06

repeat - the dengue mosquito bites in daylight hours. They tend to lurk within 250m of buildings, so avoiding the jungle is no guarantee.

the disease is endemic in almost all tropical places.

ihatethecold Mon 25-May-15 20:26:06

Thanks everyone. This advice is really helpful.

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