Siem Reap - Vaccinations and Guide

Oct 6th, 2009, 08:15 AM
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Siem Reap - Vaccinations and Guide

My husband and I are traveling to Siem Reap from the US in mid-November for 3 days. Do you recommend that we get vaccinations? If so, which ones? We have made appointments at the travel clinic, but it is $50 just to walk in the door (plus the cost of vaccines), so we figured we would start first with your sage (and free!) advice.

Also, can anyone recommend an English speaking guide? I see that all the posts on this topic are around a year old, so I am curious if anyone has had experience with a guide more recently.

Thanks for your help!
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Oct 6th, 2009, 08:54 AM
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for sure you will want malerone or some other pill for anti-malaria....sorry but its expensive....your health insurance, if you have it, should cover the visit to the doc...and maybe shots too...

hep A and B
tetnus
polio

all the regular things
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Oct 6th, 2009, 09:25 AM
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You can check the CDC destination guide for Cambodia to see what's recommended for immunizations: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/cambodia.aspx

I've generally found that travel clinics are convenient, but the most expensive way to get immunizations. Once you've determined what you need, you may be able to get from your regular doc - he or she should be able to give you prescriptions for Malerone/other and for the pill form of typhoid. Alternatively, the department of health in your state/county may also offer travel immunizations - they cost money, as does the office visit. But it's cheaper than a travel clinic.

Good luck!
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Oct 6th, 2009, 09:57 AM
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The cdc website is the definitive resource on travel med. I'd suggest you read it, print it out and take it with you when you go for your appointment. Ask questions. Make sure you know what is being recommended and why.

Some public health clinics do travel immunizations. If you have a public health clinic that does, that will be your least expensive option. I've heard complaints about travel clinics recommending every conceivable immunization - for purposes of their profit, not your health. So know what the cdc recommends and ask questions about the travel doctor's recommendations.

Here is a quick, easy to digest summary:
http://www.travelindependently.com/c.../travel-health

It's just a summary, so still use the cdc website as the authority.
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