We are planning a trip to Langkawi in May and I was wondering if there are any vaccines requiered for this visit.
You really need to speak to your own doctor about this as we do not know your medical history or even what country you are from where you may have had some childhood vaccines which will still cover you.
Most vaccines should be done at least 6 weeks before travel and the main ones are usually tetanus, hep A, typhoid and perhaps a renewal of any polio jab.
Hi. Hepatitis A and Thyphoid are the 2 vaccines recommended . Both vaccines should be taken at least 2 weeks before travel for optimum efficacy . Although recommended as above, Hep A will give you almost immediate protection, so it will be useful even if it’s administered last minute . Enjoy your stay.
Yes as Steady says, please see a travel doctor for medical advice rather than strangers on a travel forum.
my very personal opinion is that you need no vaccinations at all. I live here among a few thousand expatriates since 2005 and none of us gets vaccinations. Our water is very save, we have no Malaria or Denghy and the island in total is really clean.
Quite often when taking out travel insurance, which should be done anyway, it is a stipulation that the necessary injections should be had.
Anyone who has lived on the island for a number of years has become tolerant to the different germs and their immunity system has built up a resistance to the water, different cooking methods etc, etc. Not so someone who is only on holiday for a while and consequently suffer from stomach upsets and other travel related ills.
Everyone has their right to voice their point of view but when it comes to health we believe in evidence based medicine. As a Malaysian physician , let me give our readers some simplified facts .
Example of cases of the communicable disease we see in our outpatient facility ( city) , average 100 patients a day 6 days a week.
Dengue 1 a week ( off peak season) - nationwide 100,000 plus notified cases per year
Typhoid 1 a month
Hepatitis A 1 in 3 months
Malaria 1 in 3 years
Dengue - "Controversial" vaccine available in some countries , otherwise its prevention ( mosquito)
Typhoid - Almost all eateries in Malaysia has a foreign kitchen staff ( Bangladesh , India , Myanmar , Indonesian) , not properly screened and not vaccinated although its compulsory . Cleanliness ? Walk into any Malaysian toilet in a restaurant and judge for yourself what cleanliness is
Hep A - not so common but again its food borne
Malaria - Unless you are venturing into / near the forest
Water , we boil / filter our drinking water . Its not as safe as the tap water in Japan or the west.
If you don't believe in vaccines stop reading
Like Steady says, tolerant, we tourist get Delhi Belly and not those who live in Delhi
Vaccine is like an insurance.
If you buy fire insurance for your house and pay for 30 years and your house has never been gutted by fire will you say you have lost your premium for the past 30 years ? Have you made the wrong decision ?
If your house is burnt down after 3 months and you are compensated ,you definitely have made the right decision.
So google and decide .........or talk to your Dr and decide . CDC has the best website for vaccines that all we health professionals use.
To answer your question, there are no actual requirements for any inoculations. However, you’d be wise to carefully read the above information given by a number of responders and make your own decision, probably based on discussion with your GP.
All the advice about vaccinations is good to some degree. Remember that none of these people know your personal health situation or any medications you may be currently using which may be effected by the vaccinations.
Talk to your own medical professional.
Yes, bigw that has already been said.