If you’re planning a trip to Thailand with your family, rest assured that you have the experience of a lifetime awaiting you. Filled with delicious cuisine, friendly locals, beautiful wildlife plenty of culture and history, and gorgeous landscapes, Thailand is certainly a land like no other, and it is definitely somewhere that your children will remember forever.
However, before you hop on the plane and head off to Thailand, be aware that you and your children will need certain vaccinations to protect you against the diseases that are commonly found there. By getting these vaccinations, your children will be able to have a fantastic time, and you won’t need to worry about them contracting any dangerous diseases.
Keep reading for a list of injections that children need before they visit Thailand.
The Hepatitis A injection is highly recommended for children heading off to Thailand, as well as for adults who haven’t been previously vaccinated and are concerned about exposure to this harsh disease that affects the liver. Although the risk of Hepatitis A in children is low, it is possible to contract it in areas of poor sanitation. It is also possible to contract it by eating contaminated food or drink. The Hepatitis A injection costs around £45.
Tetanus is a severe bacterial infection that can enter the body via a puncture wound or burn. It leads to painful muscle spasms and can often be fatal. The tetanus vaccination is provided in five doses. The first three are given to babies between two and four months old, the fourth shot is given at the age of four, and the final shot is given to children aged between 13 and 18. After the full course, children should be protected against Tetanus for life, but if you are travelling before the full course has been administered, you should talk to a travel specialist for help.
To protect yourself and your children against animals that may be infected with the rabies virus in Thailand, you should receive a set of three rabies vaccinations before you go on your trip. This is especially important for children who tend to want to get close to and touch animals that they don’t know. The vaccination series costs £195.
Thailand is currently thought to be a moderate to high risk country for Hepatitis B, and as such the vaccine is recommended for all travellers. Although the risk of children contracting the disease is low, if it is contracted it can be deadly. The vaccine can be given to children from birth, and is especially advisable for those participating in contact sports, and those who will be travelling for an extended length of time. Hepatitis B consists of 3 vaccines, and costs £120.
Japanese Encephalitis is a viral brain infection that is spread via mosquito bites. It’s most common in rural areas of South East Asia, and is especially recommended for children who will be travelling through rice fields as well as swampy areas in Thailand. Around 75% of Japanese Encephalitis cases occur in children under the age of 15, and it is believed that there are around 70,000 cases per year. This is a two-shot series that costs £190.
Travellers are also at risk of contracting malaria around the borders of Thailand, so it is a good idea to purchase tablets that will protect children against this disease as well. The price will depend upon the type of tablet you receive and the number of days that you’ll be in affected areas.
The London Travel Clinic offers more information on travelling to Thailand and on the injections you and your children will need. Once you are well educated on what to expect, you can travel with confidence.