Malaysia is a unique country whose geography places the country in a tropical location. Approximately 24.7 million Americans visit Malaysia every year, making it one of our top travel destinations. As it is well known, tropical climates are accompanied by their own set of disease issues. Mosquitos, birds and other wild animals and insects can carry a host of strange illnesses that many Americans are completely ignorant of and have never been exposed to before their travels.
Beyond animal dangers, air and blood borne viruses and bacteria spread through body fluids, food and water are prevalent problems. It pays off to complete a consultation with a NY physician specializing in travel medicine. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control recommend visiting a travel doctor before stepping foot off of American soil, and New York in particular.
Because vaccines and preventative prescription medications take time to become fully effective, you will need to make an appointment 1 to 2 months before you plan to leave the United States. Almost all vaccines reach their full strength in 4 to 6 weeks.
Those who take regular prescription medications or have chronic conditions should consult their family doctor or general practitioner before coming to a travel clinic for vaccines. It is very important to bring a sufficient supply of your regular medications required to maintain or improve your health.
Many travelers to Malaysia also visit other Asian, Middle Eastern and European countries before returning to the United States. It is important to fully disclose to your doctor all stops you will be making during your travels.
Americans who plan on being overseas for an extended period of time may be required to get additional vaccinations. Ex-patriots, students and those working abroad often must meet vaccination requirements set forth by schools, health departments and employers. Be sure to let your doctor know about these requirements. Keep any supporting documents proving you’ve been vaccinated in a safe and accessible place.
Before setting foot in Malaysia, you should have all of your routine vaccinations, e.g. polio, DTP, MMR, varicella and influenza vaccines. In addition to these routine vaccinations, you should also be inoculated against Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, Typhoid and Japanese Encephalitis.
Those who are at a high risk of exposure to animals through work, lifestyle choices or adventure travel should be inoculated against rabies. Rabies is a deadly disease which kills almost everyone who presents symptoms. There is no treatment for the disease once it has incubated in the body and taken affect. The only way to battle rabies is to prevent it. Do not take unnecessary risks with your health and well-being. Get the vaccine.
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Traveling outside of USA and concerned about your health? Travel vaccinations are recommended for many destinations. Find out about the requirements and talk to a physician.
It is very important to remember that Malaria is prevalent in certain areas of Malaysia. Before leaving NYC, you would be well advised to take a preventative course of prescription anti-malarial drugs. Check with Dr. Gafanovich to see if this is something you need to address.
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