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Travel Vaccinations for Malaysia
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Malaysia
Recommended Vaccinations for Malaysia 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|
Malaysia, in South East Asia is a mix of the old and the new. It is where ancient tradition meets modern developing world. It’s a multi-cultural, economically growing nation with lots of high tech to make your stay very comfortable.
Being so multi-cultural means that there are lots of festivals and holidays in Malaysia that you will need to be aware of. One of the larger ones to be aware of when travelling through/ to Malaysia is the month of Ramadan, a time of fasting for Muslims, which non-Muslims, including tourists are expected to be mindful of by not eating and drinking in public places. The other is Chinese New Year – a real celebration for the senses.
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 Malaysia
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 Risk of Malaria in a number of regions across Malaysia. On Peninsular Malaysia, there is an all year round risk in a small remote areas in the centre of the peninsular. There is also a risk in East Malaysia on the island of Borneo in remote areas of Sabah and Sarawak. There is a Low to No Risk in Kuala Lumpur and other large cities and costal areas.
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 Malaysia
Dengue Fever precautions should be taken for travel to and within Malaysia. 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 Malaysia. 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 places in Malaysia 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, its 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.
Malaysia is a tropical country and due to is geographical location is generally warm. There are some parts though, most notably the highlands that can be cooler. Check the weather for the period you are travelling, as you will need to pack adequately and take reasonable precautions.
Tap water in Malaysia is generally considered safe but if you have a delicate tummy or are in any doubt of the water supply, use bottled water, which is widely available.
Malaysian food is diverse since the many different ethnic groups that call Malaysia home influence it. Like most South East Asian cuisine, spices are in plentiful supply. Be aware that this is a largely Muslim country so most food is halal and is labelled as such. Halal establishments do not serve alcohol.
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 Malaysia.
Petty crime against tourists is not uncommon so take reasonable precautions and don’t walk alone at night, travel in groups and keep your valuables out of sight.