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I know I'm asking alot of medical questions however I've been told by a nurse that there is a danger I might catch it if worst comes to worst & I land up in some hospital. This is the scenario that would most concern me. I'm told most people going there skip on this innoculation, it that a good idea? Besides from what the nurse aid i get the impression you need 3 months for the innoculation to take hold so it's kinda too late.

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    Vaccination needs 3 shots, the second a month after the first, and the third six months later. You could start with the first shot now and complete the second shot at a clinic (a reputable one) in Indonesia and maybe you'll be home by the time the third is due... then you're vaccinated for life.
    Hep B is NOT spread by casual contact between people (you cannot get it by dry lip kissing, playing with an infected child, sharing cutlery, or eating food prepared by an infected person).
    You need the virus to enter your blood stream, either through a cut or into the mucus membranes of your mouth or vagina or anus. So if you refrain from sexual contact (or use good protection) with anyone you suspect may be a carrier. Don't share toothbrushes, wash cloths or razors (one medical site advises against sharing chewing gum - as if you would!). Avoid anything that punctures the skin, like tattooing or cosmetic procedures. You could be at risk if you need a blood transfusion and the blood hasn't been properly screened.
    Hep B is endemic in Indonesia,so that's where the risk comes from, but don't forget other western travellers may also have picked up the virus along the way. almost 7 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    My advice is to get your Hep A & B jabs before going to Indonesia because it is better to be safe than sorry. Better late than never because once you have the immunisation in your body, you will be protected especially when the local foods you eat there "may" not be clean. An example is eating barbequed fish which may not be properly cooked especially at the stomach area; eating salads (washed by their tap water), taking drinks with ice cubes (ice cubes could have been direct from tap water). For your info, Indonesia's tap water is not advisable to be consumed. One is liable to get typhoid. Always drink bottled water and avoid ice cubes at all cost. Always eat foods that are piping hot and you will be safe. Last but not least, if you fancy fried things like fried chicken, banana fritters, fish etc., always take a walk to the kitchen and check out the frying oil. If the colour is similar to engine oil then it means they never change their cooking oil. Such little things can save one alot of unnecesssary problems in the long term like cancer, liver problems etc., almost 7 years ago

    Answered by Stephen via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Well, I live here. And last time I checked, I have no such disease. I have Hep B vaccination due to my profession as a surgeon. Hep A to E aren't endemic here. Typhoid & diarrhea are. Watch what & where you eat, maintain your hygiene, you should be ok. almost 7 years ago

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