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General Facts of Thailand - Information for TEFL Teachers Thailand


The list cited below comprehensively cover ailments which are more likely to occur in Thailand. The diseases get transmitted through the common mediums like food, water, insects, animals, unsafe and unhygienic habits as well as unprotected sex. Therefore precaution and necessary immunization always keep you at a safer position while you work in Thailand

  • General food and water related
  • Sunburn, skin cancers
  • Dehydration
  • Heat rash, fungus, bacteria
  • Alcohol related
  • Illegal drugs
  • Hepatitus A
  • Hepatitus B
  • Hepatitus C to G
  • Mosquito-related
  • Rabies
  • Other ailments and bites (non-STD)
  • Respiratory, eye, cuts, tetanus, typhoid, tuberculosis, worms, snakes, sea...
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Non-specific urethritus (NSU)
  • Genital warts
  • Molluscum ("the clam")
  • Trichomoniasis ("trich")
  • Chancroid
  • Herpes
  • Syphilis
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Getting drugged

The food in Thailand is wonderful, and eating is a part of the travelling experience. There are many intestinal parasites, bacteria and viruses which can be transmitted via food, water and eating utensils. Usually, the most serious one is hepatitus A. You are strongly advised to learn about hepatitus A, B and the other variants and get a vaccination to run least chance of any ailment. You can start your vaccination program in your home country and continue it here in Thailand. Make sure to bring your vaccination documentation with you when you come.

The most common health ailment that afflicts expatriates and tourists in Thailand is a sexually transmitted disease - gonorrhea,chlamydia ,non-specific urethritus (NSU) , genital warts mollusca ("the clam") herpes syphilus and last but not the least is HIV. In Thailand, the primary means of transmission of HIV is by heterosexual sex, overwhelmingly HIV subtype E

Most travellers and expat residents, including those who have no immunizations at all but take reasonable precautions, don't get any serious problems in Thailand. It's recommended that you get immunization against hepatitus A, and older people should seriously consider additional vaccinations as well. You aren't required to take any immunizations before travelling to Thailand, unless you come from areas with yellow fever, in which case you're required to show vaccination. (There's no risk of yellow fever in Thailand.)



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