How to Save Hundreds of Dollars on Travel Vaccines
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This post will prepare you for the long-game and suggest some ways to save money on (Thailand) vaccinations in advance of starting your digital nomad adventure. Although I discuss Chiang Mai, Thailand specifically, you can easily port these tips over to any destination in the developing world.

What Immunizations do I Need in Thailand?

In addition to routine immunizations for your country, it is also advised by the Canadian government that you undergo the following immunizations before you enter Thailand:

  • Hepatitis A ($65)
  • Hepatitis B ($40)
  • Typhoid ($45)
  • Japanese Encephalitis ($230)
  • Malaria (Prices subject to change)
  • Rabies ($210)
  • Yellow Fever ($150)
  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio ($45)

These prices are based on vaccination cost in Canada, so you may find that vaccines are cheaper or more expensive in your own country.

And it’s a lot of money. Almost $1,000 for needles.

Vaccinations that are Cheaper in Thailand

I did it a little differently. I got the top 3 (Hep A, Hep B, Typhoid) in Canada and paid Canadian prices. When I made a comment about costs for the lesser probable diseases, my medical practitioner let me know that she is aware of a number of seasoned travelers who get the same vaccines at drastically lower costs in the countries they visit. Same vaccines.

So I looked around and the price list for the remaining vaccines now looks more like this:

  • Japanese Encephalitis ($35 – $65)
  • Rabies ($13)
  • Yellow Fever ($40)
  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio ($22)

And some additional vaccine prices:

  • HPV (Gardasil) ($81)
  • Typhoid ($11)
  • Cholera ($19)
  • Influenza ($12)

These prices are approximate, but you get the idea. It may be in your best interest to explore getting some of your vaccines (in remaining vaccine list above) after arrival at Chiang Mai Ram Hospital.

This an excerpt from Digital Nomad Escape Plan: From Cubicle to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Download it today, and keep it for later.

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5 comments

  1. Thanks so much for this! I am heading to Phuket and believe it or not the vaccines in the UK are just as extortionate as in Canada (probably more, once you convert from pounds). I am definitely going to get mine in Phuket instead 🙂

  2. You put all this from the book here online and these chapters still scrape the surface. Great book, Mr. Mike!

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