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JRP



Joined: 22 May 2004

PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 12:13 am    Post subject: Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination Reply with quote

Went to my Doc(Qld,Australia) to find out what vaccinations I should have to work in South Korea.One immunisation he said I must have is Japanese Encephalitis.The price is $AU 250 for each shot and there are 3 but I will not have time to have the entire course here and will have to have the last one in S Korea.The chemist said it might be cheaper to have the whole course there.Also it is difficult to get it here.Any advice much appreciated
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kangnamdragon



Joined: 17 Jan 2003
Location: Kangnam, Seoul, Korea

PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think that disease is in Korea. I never had any special shots before coming to Korea from the US.
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wowser



Joined: 14 Apr 2004
Location: Kyonggi do

PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heya- I'm a kiwi- so know what u r talking about...(expensive at home@!!?) I have had shots done here for travel in SE asia...cheaper here- and no hassle...
I woud get Hep. b sorted as soon as u can here...
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schwa



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
Location: sokcho

PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 3:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skip the encephalitis shots -- its exceedingly rare here. If you search on 'korea japanese encephalitis' numerous articles confirm this. This is typical:

"The chance that a traveler to Asia will get Japanese encephalitis is very small: 1) only certain mosquito species can spread Japanese encephalitis; 2) in areas infested with mosquitoes, only a small portion of the mosquitoes are usually infected with Japanese encephalitis virus; 3) among persons who are infected by a mosquito bite, only 1 in 50 to 1 in 1,000 will develop an illness. As a result, fewer than 1 case per year is reported in U.S. civilians and military personnel traveling to and living in Asia. Only 5 cases among Americans traveling or working in Asia have been reported since 1981."

Thats for all of Asia. Cases among Koreans last summer amounted to a handful, all in rural backwaters. Even then, the disease tends to be fatal only among the very young or those with already weakened immune systems. You run a far greater likelihood of getting sick from the vaccination itself -- 0.6% experience side effects, some quite serious.

Save your money & dont give it another thought.
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Jane99



Joined: 22 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get the shot in Korea for much cheaper. I believe it's between 40,000 to 60,000 one and it's available in one shot, rather than 3 separate shots. I got my shot done in Seoul.
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djinn



Joined: 10 Apr 2004
Location: Canada... for the next couple weeks

PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I talked to the travel clinic here they said that Japanese encephalitis shots are only necessary if you are planning on spending several weeks in rice paddies.

I would just save your money and if you travel through rural areas make sure you use bug repellant.

Djinn
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komtengi



Joined: 30 Sep 2003
Location: Slummin it up in Haebangchon

PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah but if you do catch it the results are pretty damn scary...
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