Thailand has long been a popular destination with a variety of Australian travellers – those seeking the sun and sand on a southern island or coastal resort, the nightlife and temples of Bangkok, or the variety of activities in and around Chiang Mai in the north. Increasing numbers are also travelling for medical or dental procedures.
The following information provides some broad and general guidelines about health risks and recommendations for travel to Thailand.It should not be taken as a substitute for a personal consultation with one of our travel health doctors, whose advice will be specific for you and your trip and may include some things not mentioned here.
Most Common Health Issues
Travellers’ Diarrhoea, Giardia and Dysentery
Observe food and water safety precautions and carry a kit for treatment.
Best avoided by taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites, particularly during the daytime in urban areas.
This mosquito borne parasite occurs deep in forested areas. The need for preventative medication should be discussed with one of our doctors.
Either abstain or pack condoms and use them. Avoid sex workers. See a doctor on return for testing if you have put yourself at risk, and abstain until you are given the all clear.
Be sensible. Avoid motorbikes, especially without a helmet. Don’t swim when intoxicated and take advice from locals and signs. Carry a first aid kit.
As well as being up to date for routine childhood vaccines such as tetanus, measles and hepatitis B, the following vaccines are often recommended – hepatitis A, typhoid, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and influenza. Decisions regarding which are most appropriate depend on duration and nature of travel, itinerary, age and underlying medical conditions. These and other issues will be discussed during your consultation.