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Japanese Encephalitis vax for children?

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I'll be traveling to rural Thailand with a friend and her 12 year old son. She & I have gotten the JE vaccination as a worst-case scenario precaution since we'll be working outside in rural area where there are farms, etc. She was told though that the FDA doesn't allow the vax for children under 17 in the US and that she should just make sure her son wears DEET and is not outside from dusk to dawn.

Of course we'll take mosquito precautions but we're staying in little cabins, not a hotel - not sure how mosquito-proof we can get ourselves. Another option mentioned was having him vaccinated when we get to Thailand as it's routinely given to children there.

Anyone have any experience either getting JE vax for a child in the US or in Thailand?

I think the odds are very low - we won't be there the 4 or 6 weeks they say put you into the risk level of needing it - but still she does not want to take any chance with her son.

And as far as the # of weeks goes --- I understand the longer you stay somewhere the greater the chance of being exposed to a mosquito carrying the disease. But if that disease is carried by mosquitoes in that region even if you're there a shorter time you're still at risk. So I'm not sure I understand saying only get it if you'll be somewhere a month vs. a couple weeks. Am I missing something?

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