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Travel Vaccinations for Laos
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Laos
Recommended Vaccinations for Laos at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies
|Vaccination||Major Risk Factors||Course||Price|
|MMR||Person-to-Person||Course of Two||£60|
|Hepatitis A||Person-to-Person||Single Dose||£86|
|Cholera||Person-to-Person||Course of Two||£47.50|
|Hepatitis B||Person-to-Person||Course of Three||£66|
|Japanese Encephalitis||Person-to-Person||Course of Two||£151|
|Rabies||Person-to-Person||Course of Three - intramuscular||£66|
This small landlocked south East Asian country is predominantly Buddhist and is home to 49 ethnic groups and many different languages. Do some sightseeing around Laos by songthaew, tuk-tuk or boat for a novel experience or hire a motorbike and meander through the country. Visit the limestone karsts along the Mekong or take a back packing trip through the wilderness. Either way, there is a lot of natural beauty to explore – but make sure you’ve had all your shots first
Advice for Travellers to all Destinations
The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.
All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.
Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.
Risk of Malaria in Laos
Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.
There is a High Risk of Malaria across all of Laos except for the capital city Vientiane.
Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
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Further Travel Health Advice for Laos
Dengue Fever precautions should be taken for travel to Laos. Dengue fever is caused by mosquito bites from a specific mosquito, which seems to be most active during daylight. There is no medical protection against dengue fever. What you can do is try to avoid mosquito bites and use mosquito repellent and a mosquito net. Our travel nurse will be best able to advise you.
Schistosomiasis infection can happen in Laos. It is caused by a flatworm infection that is acquired through contact with affected fresh water streams, rivers or lakes. If you think you may have been exposed to or have contacted Schistosomiasis, seek professional medical help.
Due to the fact that some parts of Laos is situated higher than 2500m, Altitude Sickness may present a problem. You can obtain altitude sickness medication and practice appropriate acclimatisation and gradual ascents to counter altitude sickness. Don’t forget, it’s not just your climbing altitude but your sleeping altitude as well that must be considered. Our travel nurse will be able to discuss these with you and offer you the relevant advice.
As small as it is, Laos is a country of 3 seasons namely hot season, wet season and dry season. You would be wise to check the weather for the period you are travelling, as you will need to pack adequately and take reasonable precautions.
Tap water in Laos is not considered safe, use bottled water which is widely available and generally inexpensive.
Food in Laos is a delight – especially if you like spices. Food is on the spicy side, with rice being the main staple. Loa coffee and beer Loa are pretty good, so why not give those a try while you’re there.
Lots of different infections can be spread through insect bites, including Malaria and Dengue Fever which is spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms can include fever, headache and severe joint, bone and muscular pain. Advice for these infections is listed above.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in Laos
Laos is a relatively low crime country but beware of petty theft though. Also try to carry your passport with you at all times for identification purposes.