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YellowFella



Joined: 15 Jun 2003
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2003 1:33 am    Post subject: Without Immunizations! Reply with quote

Hey, I just came to Korea w/out getting immunized. Totally slipped my mind. Now I may stay for a year cuz I'm getting a job. What should I do, my fellow Americans? and North Americans Very Happy ?

If anyone has gotten their shots here, please advise on how to, and what to get. Thanks much, everyone.
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crazylemongirl



Joined: 23 Mar 2003
Location: almost there...

PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2003 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not american but a kiwi who sounds like a canadian (long story).

There's a thread on this here

http://www.eslcafe.com/forums/korea/viewtopic.php?t=5422

If you've had your childhood jabs (MMR polio etc.) you should be fine. Hep A and B are always good when traveling and you might need some boosters.

However I'm not a doctor so here's another thread on finding english speaking doctors.
http://www.eslcafe.com/forums/korea/viewtopic.php?t=5825

CLG
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Canuck



Joined: 05 Apr 2003

PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2003 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im gonna say something very controversial.Immunizations are overrated anyway. If you had the usual ones like Polio etc when young you should be fine. I came here with no shots. Went to Thailand/Malaysia/Singapore with no shots. Travelled all over Eastern Europe with no shots. I dont think I have anything.
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waterbaby



Joined: 01 Feb 2003
Location: Baking Gord a Cheescake pie

PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2003 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Travelled through Thailand (last Nov/Dec) with shots and still picked up Typhoid. Nasty, nasty business... though mum insists that if I hadn't had the shots at all, I would have been a lot worse off.
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Canuck



Joined: 05 Apr 2003

PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2003 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, sorry. I got the Typhoid shot when going to Thailand. But thats all.
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Dazed and Confused



Joined: 10 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2003 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been all over the place and never took any shots. Except for the flu shots.
Did get hep B but that was in AMERICA in 1990!
Only illness I've ever got from travelling was stomache trouble. The last time I went to SE Asia I went to the dr and got a months supple of meds and was fine the entire time.
Get the immunizations if you feel you need them but I think there are alot of us out there travelling that don't worry about it.
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kylehawkins2000



Joined: 08 Apr 2003

PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2003 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the shots are overrated as well. International travel clinics back home tend to over-exaggerate the risks. I got some shots here in Korea. THe hospital I went to didn't hvae any English Speaking Staff so I had to go with my director. It was quick and easy and very cheap! 5000won for each shot. Back home I would have paid something like $60 a pop.
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