What vaccinations do I need for Thailand?
All travellers should be up-to-date with their routine vaccinations before heading off to Thailand.
These vaccines include:
- Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine
- Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine
- Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
- Poliomyelitis (polio) vaccine, and
- Your yearly flu (influenza) shot.
There is an increased risk of contracting hepatitis A and typhoid in Thailand, both of which can be contracted through contaminated food or water.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. People are exposed to the virus generally through food or drink contaminated with faeces (poo), however, close personal contact (e.g.
Depending on where you are staying and what activities you have planned, the following vaccinations may be recommended for you by your doctor:
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese encephalitis
Talk to your doctor about what vaccinations or medications are recommended.
In 2017 there were 6,122 cases of hepatitis B recorded in Australia, of which 142 cases were “newly acquired” and 5,980 cases were “unspecified” in regards to the time lapse since first infection.
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a viral infection of the brain spread by the bite of a particular type of mosquito.
Malaria is a serious and sometimes life-threatening parasitic infection spread by the bite of certain mosquitoes (i.e. the female Anopheles mosquito).
Sources & Citations
- World Health Organization. International travel and health. Vaccines. Available at: http://www.who.int/ith/vaccines/en/ [accessed 29 May 2018].
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health information for Travelers to Thailand. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/thailand?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001 [accessed 29 May 2018].
SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0163a - Date of preparation July 2018Show All