Generally, as compared with other Asia nations, Thailand has very little health risks posed for the average Westerner. Although Thailand is regarded as quite safe, there are certain preventive measures you can take in advance against any potential health worries which will crop up.

Generally, as compared with other Asia countries, Thailand has very little health risks posed for the typical Westerner. Despite the fact that Thailand is regarded as quite safe, there are certain preventive steps you could possibly take in advance against any possible health worries which will crop up.

First of all, there are plenty of pharmacies available in the streets of Thailand. Which means you should not need to carry your extensive supplies of nonprescription prescription drugs or medicine with you to Thailand. Most of the pharmacies are open every day from 8:30 AM to 8 PM. Compared to a Western country; they can be considerably less expensive and are well stocked like every other modern pharmacies.

If you're traveling to a off-beat location, you can stock up on medicines and products at any pharmacies. At these pharmacies, the pharmacist can usually speak English and are well trained. If it is not necessary to see a doctor for your ailment, you can consult with them.

The British pharmacy chain Boots, which has branches in various big cities in Thailand, operates a 24 hour health advice line (1800 200444 or 022330575)

Thailand hospitals cleanliness and efficiency varies but the hygiene and health care standards are good enough. Compared with many other Asia nations, the ratio of health care staff to patients is quite high. Most of the doctors can speak English fluently. In Bangkok, there are many hospitals that are highly recognized. In all the provinces, that is at the very least one hospital. If necessary, your accommodation manager would be able to lead you to the nearest hospital and to arrange for transport if critical enough.

Having said that, if it is a major health crisis, do not hesitate to get in touch with your embassy as well as your travel insurance company as soon as possible. It is best to fly back to Bangkok or to go home if this happens.

There were outbreaks of avian flu also known as bird flu in domestic poultry and birds in Thailand which have cost some human fatalities in the past. This is believed to be caused by close contact with the contaminated animals. So far, there isn't any evidence of human to human transmission in Thailand. The risk of avian flu to humans is considered to be very low. As a precaution, please avoid areas with live animals where it is possible to come into close contact with birds. Ensure that poultry and egg dishes are completely cooked before eating.

Presently, there are no compulsory inoculation needs for any person visiting Thailand from any Western nation. It is advisable to however, consult a health specialist for the latest information on recommended immunizations four weeks just before your trip. Many doctors would advocate vaccination or boosters against polio, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A, typhoid, cholera, hepatitis B and rabies.

If you forgot about your inoculations, you still can get them in Bangkok easily.

Mosquitoes in Thailand can spread diseases such as malaria and dengue fever especially throughout the rainy season. The most important to do, is to try to avoid being bitten. So you should smoother your self along with your clothes with mosquito repellent and reapplying regularly.

Shops, guest houses and major department outlets would usually have mosquito repellents for purchase. Most of them are made with lemongrass.

At night time, it is advisable to sleep beneath a mosquito net sprayed with mosquito repellents or in a bed room with mosquito screens on the windows. Usually, accommodation in tourist spots always provides mosquito screens. You just need to examine them for any holes. From experience, electronic buzzers are rather useless against Thailand mosquitoes.

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