Thailand is a popular destination for UK travellers, but it also carries a risk of infectious diseases. You should therefore check if you need any vaccinations for Thailand before you go.
Below, you can see the recommended vaccinations for Thailand. These are official recommendations, and whether or not you will need any of the listed vaccines depends on a variety of factors, including your medical history and the details of your trip.
Book an appointment online to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you require, book a free telephone consultation with one of our medical advisors, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.
In Thailand, there are risks of disease that cannot be prevented with a vaccine, but are still important to keep in mind.
There is a low risk of catching malaria in most of Thailand, while there is a low to no risk of malaria in cities popular with British tourists, including Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket.
Although the risk of malaria in Thailand is low at the moment, it is important to be aware of the risk and avoid mosquito bites, as an outbreak can occur anytime.
Malaria can be prevented with antimalarials, and there are several types. As there is a resistance of some types of antimalarials in Thailand, it is important that you check before you leave.
Thailand is currently categorised as having a moderate risk of zika virus transmission.
There is no vaccine or medication currently available for prevention against zika, so pregnant women are advised against non-essential travel to Thailand, as there is a link between infection during pregnancy and babies being born with birth defects.
Dengue is widespread in Thailand. The risk is present in both cities and rural areas, with a higher risk in the north eastern part of the country.
Peak transmission of dengue in Thailand typically occurs during the rainy season, from April to December.
It is important to take precautions during your stay in Thailand, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.
There is a risk of malaria, dengue fever and zika in Thailand, and you cannot be protected against these diseases by vaccination.
Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites, as they are the main cause of these infections during your stay in the country.
All travellers going to Thailand should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of travellers diarrhoea, typhoid, hepatitis A and cholera, which are all transmitted through contaminated food and water.
If you are visiting friends or relatives in Thailand or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.
Get a quick overview of some of the most important services that you may need while in Thailand.
The British Embassy in Thailand The British Embassy in Thailand can assist you if you are in need of urgent help. You can call them on +66(0)2 305 8333.
Local emergency medical services If you need urgent medical assistance while you are in Thailand, you can call the emergency number 1669. The staff speak English and can send an ambulance, if necessary.
Medical facilities and practitioners If you get ill while in Thailand and need to see a doctor, it is important that you choose a reputable medical facility. The British Embassy in Bangkok has prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Thailand, providing a quick overview for anyone who may need it.
If you already know which vaccinations you need, you can book a vaccination appointment at your local pharmacy.
If you would like to discuss your specific requirements with a medical advisor, book a free telephone consultation. A Practio nurse will give an individual assessment of your needs and recommend a suitable vaccination programme.
Check if you need vaccinations Book an appointment at your local pharmacy at least 6 to 8 weeks before travel to get vaccinated
Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in Thailand, including DEET insect repellent
Yellow fever certificate Double-check if the yellow fever certificate is required upon entry in Thailand, as the requirements can change
Travel insurance If you become ill in Thailand and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave
Note useful contact numbers Make a list of contacts to take with you to Thailand, as these can be helpful in case of an emergency
Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019
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