Blood donations, Vaccines and Preparations

With less than 2 months to go before my adventures in Thailand, a great idea crossed my mind. Giving blood.

Being on the organ donor list, I want to help those who need help. I would have to wait 28 days after visting Thailand and didnt want to wait. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t alittle nervous when I was walking to the local donation centre. The nurses were all accomodating and looked after me very well after I started to faint while trying to stand up afterwards (which was rather embarrassing!). A glass of juice and a digestive biscuit and i was back on my way.

Now the trip is all paid for, it’s time to protect myself against the plague of diseases Thailand has to offer. After speaking to my local travel clinic, 3 vaccinations were suggested.

– Japanese encephalitis

A viral brain infection found in pigs and birds which is spread to humans by mosquito bites. It can not be spread from human to human. It is common in rural areas where there are rice fields and pig farms. Symptoms include flu like symptoms although if it spreads to the brain, seizures, confusion, paralysis and speech impendiments may occur. There is no cure for this disease and treatment is supportive to help the body fight the imfection. If serious symptoms develop, 1:3 people will die so the vaccination is worth it considering I will be bathing elephants on a daily basis.


A bacteria infections caused by Salmonella Typhi (a close relation to the bacterium that causes food poisoning). It is generally contracted due to poor hygiene and precautions such as drinking bottled water and washing hands can help prevent contracting the disease as the vaccine is not 100% effective. Symptoms include headaches, stomach pains, a temperature of 39-40 degrees celcius and diarrhoea/constipation. A course of antibiotics will stop the disease in its tracks.

-Hepatitis A

A viral liver infection spread by poor hygiene, sharing needles and faecal ingestion. Symptoms include a mild fever of 39.5 degree celcius, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, jaundice, itchy skin and a tender sore liver. There is no cure and supportive treatment of pain relief, antiemesis medications, rest and reducing itching symptoms is essential in combating the disease.


Malaria is a low to no risk in Chiang Mai so its unlikely to be a problem but malaria tablets are up for discussion.

With my birthday next week, presents for Thailand will soon be winging their way to me. Cant wait!