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Vaccinations for Tibet by keys on 3 April 2005 9:24am
Hi all,

I want to go to Tibet in a month but it turns out that Hep A,B and typhoid are recommended and I've only got B. Since this is recommended by the organization but the Govt of China site doesn't recommend anything, what should I do? Does anyone know of the relative risks if I decide to go ahead?

Re: Vaccinations for Tibet by julwis on 3 April 2005 11:54am
Hi, how long will you be out there? Will you be staying in urban areas or in the more rural areas? Quite a lot of non Western countries arent very big on vaccinations, even highly developed places. Im surprised they didnt recommend Yellow fever, Polio and Tetanus also. If youre going near any water areas, then you can just take a pack of malaria tablets a day before you get there, and thatll be ok for that.
As for what to do, some of the vaccinations consist of courses of treatment lasting several months, for a full 10 year immunity. If you cant get that then get what you can and it should be ok. No vaccination is going to give 100% immunity against contracting something whilst there so its only a precaution. I guess its unlikely that youd go out there purely to stay in the cities, so it might be worth getting some limited course of treatment. If you stay in the urban areas then you might be ok without anymore vaccinations. Once youre out there your body will be building up an immunity simply by being exposed to whatever is there, however at an unpredictable exposure level.
Whatever you do, have a chat with your doctor and decide on the best course to pursue.
Re: Vaccinations for Tibet by harvey123 on 3 April 2005 5:06pm
like the post below..definately have a chat with your doc..i heard recently of a woman who had a parasite living in her brain which she caught whilst on holiday..its better to be safe that sorry.
Re: Vaccinations for Tibet by keys on 5 April 2005 6:16am
Thanks for the advice! My doc is even dumber than I thought as she said she has no idea.

Anyways, I probably won't be going this year after all so I have plenty of time to get all the vaccinations for next year.

Nicola: That's horrible! Tho I've heard plenty of horror stories of kidnappings and unexplainable murders of foreign volunteers. :S

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