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does any one know if we need any jabs for our visit to singapore in jan 2007

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1. Re: jabs

i haven't taken any for the longest time but if u want to be careful, u should check with your physician.

Good Luck

PS. most sites will tell u u dont really need a shot before your trip to SIN but if u had missed one of the vaccination (scheduled for adults), it is always better to be prepared.

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2. Re: jabs

You don't "need" shots to visit Singapore any more than you "need" anti-malarials or mosquito netting for sleeping when travelling in a malaria endemic zone.

But it's not a bad idea to protect yourself.

Ultimately, it's all about personal risk tolerance and risk assessment. If you haven't already seen a travel health professional, (physician or travel clinic), check out the links at the CDC website (Center for Disease Control website) so you are aware of the risks (and then go to see your travel health professional!)

Here's the site:

http://www.cdc.gov/travel/eastasia.htm

Singapore IS one of the safest, cleanest destinations in Asia. But it is also in a tropical zone where risks of tropical diseases are ever prevalent.

Simple precautions can save a lot of heartache later.

There is little risk of contracting malaria in Singapore, but exposure to Hep A, Hep B, Hep C & STD's, TB, Polio, Avian Influenza (Bird Flu), Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Diptheria, Japanese Encephalitis, Cholera, Dengue Fever, Diaherria are concerns in varying levels from remote (Avian Flu) to likely (Hep A).

Hep A, Hep B, Malaria, Polio, etc. are all diseases which may be easily avoided by appropriate vaccines and other preventative measures. And vaccines are cheap, safe and effective.

More common in Singapore is Dengue Fever for which there is no vaccine.

For up-to-date information on Dengue in Singapore and health precautions, go to:

app.nea.gov.sg/cms/htdocs/category_sub.asp…

For information on dengue fever generally and personal health precautions for travellers, see the following Center for Disease Control webpage:

www2.ncid.cdc.gov/travel/yb/utils/ybGet.asp…

Or, just read this excerpt, from the CDC website:

"No vaccine is available. Travelers should be advised that they can reduce their risk of acquiring dengue by remaining in well-screened or air-conditioned areas when possible, wearing clothing that adequately covers the arms and legs, and applying insect repellent to both skin and clothing. The most effective repellents are those containing N,N-diethylmetatoluamide (DEET)..."

For more about DEET and how to avoid being bitten, see:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294265-i1748-k848…

Finally, taking precautions including obtaining vaccines before you travel, may give you added peace of mind and permit you to enjoy your trip more.

Hope this helps you to make an informed decision.

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