Vaccinations for Thailand

Vaccinations for Thailand

An often asked question is, what vaccinations do I need before traveling to Thailand.

I researched many different Information sources to get the best possible answer for you. These recommendations can be followed by healthy people between the age of 8 till about 60.

To get an up to date and personalized diagnose I recommend you also visit a doctor with experience. Especially if you travel with small kids, babies. Also get custom advice if you take medication daily or are allergic to things.

For me to get into every possible situation is impossible, so if you think your situation is unique please consult your doc.

All the common childhood vaccines should be up to date.

In general, everybody advises checking if your normal vaccines are up to date. Especially Tetanus, which is a set of several vaccines, that can of course also be renewed here in Thailand if you forgot and have an open injury.


  • Polio vaccination
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Whooping Cough within last 5-10 years
  • Measles Mumps Rubella Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis B, the complete course
  • Meningococcal, depending on age
  • Some opinions are to have an influenza vaccine, which I would get advice from your doctor
  • Shingles and Pneumonia should be looked at by people older than 65 years
  • Hepatitis A is recommended
  • Typhoid, when you like to eat everywhere and be sure to avoid any problem.
  • Rabies, there is a small chance of 1% that you get exposed to rabies. A preventive vaccine is available.
  • Malaria, I would not recommend getting a malaria prophylaxis. It is far better to protect yourself against mosquito bites, as there are other diseases transmitted by these nasty insects that cannot be vaccinated.
  • Yellow fever. Thailand does not have any risk of getting yellow fever. If you enter from a country with yellow fever risk, the Kingdom requests a vaccine. The US, Europa, and Australia are not involved.
  • For pregnant women, it is strongly advised to consult a specialist about 4 to 6 weeks before departure.
  • For babies, it is recommended to consult your doctor to get the malaria emergency medication and find out about the dosage your child needs in case it gets ill.

Adventure trips in Thailand

Adventure trips in Thailand


I would say it makes a difference whether you go for a two to four week holiday in a hotel complex or go to really travel the country for several weeks or months.

In the first case you I would not bother much about vaccines, except the ones you need anyway at home or anywhere.

In the case of exploring real Thailand by bus or car, to remote places, jungles and villages I would be a bit more careful and check all these recommendations about four to six weeks prior to your trip.

Me, staying in Thailand all year long, do not vaccinate anything except for tetanus. This is a three-time vaccination procedure which has to be repeated every ten years. I get my vaccination in Thailand and save a lot of money by doing so. You might also forget about it, and when you get an injury, like a cat scratch or a cut by a rusty nail, go to the doctor in Thailand and get the vaccine.

Influenza can be pretty nasty here in Thailand. I was quite surprised when I got at least one influenza every year. I had to treat it with antibiotics every time or it wouldn’t go away. Since I stopped drinking alcohol now, this annoying illness didn’t catch me anymore.

Bird flu is not a real danger in Thailand.

Dengue fever is a growing disease all over the world. You can’t get immunized and have to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Read more


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  1. Hi Stefan, this is a very informative post. I remember several years ago when I had a 4-month reality show project there in Thailand, in Koh Tarutao to be exact, we were given several vaccines. It is great to know all of these. I’ll share this info to my friends especaly the ones who are in the long haul =) Thanks again brother.

    • Hallo JR, I am glad you like my information. If there are new circumstances I will immediately update this post so everyone always has an up to date list of vaccinations.

  2. Although I doubt I’ll ever travel there it’s nice to know what and how to protect yourself when going to a new environment, was informative thank you!

    • You are welcome and I hope you will once change your mind and come and visit the wonderful beauty of Thailand

    • Hi Jessica, thanks for your interest. To your question, I have a post that might help, click here It is a recommendation for Phuket but can be used for the whole of Thailand. I hope that answers your question but if you need to know more please feel free to ask.
      I wish you all the best. Stefan

  3. I love Thailand, I have always wanted to go! One day when I have the time to go I would love to adventure around Thailand and see the sights to be seen. When I do go, I will definitely be ready! Thank you!

    • Thanks Will for your comment. I believe you will greatly enjoy the time in Thailand. If you need further information please feel free to ask anything and I will try to find answers.
      I wish you a great time and hope to hear from you again.

  4. Ho Stefan,
    I am actually planning to go to Thailand! Thanks for the informative post

    • Hi Leo
      Nice to hear you want to visit this fabulous country. I am glad you find my post informative and hope you find much more interesting facts on my website.
      I wish you have a great holiday and hope to hear from you again.

  5. Hello stefan, thank you for the article it was very informative and at least now I’ll be prepared if I ever decide to take a trip to Thailand in the future!

    • Thanks George for reading my post. If you need any further information please let me know.
      Have a nice day and please visit me again.

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