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Just curious if anyone has researched getting a flu shot in Chiang Mai. I stopped by RAM hospital and was told to come back in November.

 

Any suggestions would be appreciated, whether where to go and/or cost.

 

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My consultant, world renowned and, has consulted both in the USA and Australia tells me that the new flu shot is available late April in Thailand and that early May is when you should get the shot as our flu season is from June on. November is after the main  flu season here and in effect a waste of time. Our flu season is the same as in Australia & not the same as the US or Europe. I always had mine in September and he told me off for being too late.

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Last year I had a flu shot at the government owned Chiangmai Travel Medicine Clinic on Sridonchai (location shown on Google Maps). I was there for a yellow fever vaccination before a vacation trip to east Africa. They recommended a flu shot, so I got it also. It was only about 350B, so this may be the cheapest place in CM to get it.

 

This year I was at Ram for a dental appointment a couple of months ago, so I got the shot there. It was about 900B.

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On 9/4/2020 at 8:25 AM, uncleP said:

My consultant, world renowned and, has consulted both in the USA and Australia tells me that the new flu shot is available late April in Thailand and that early May is when you should get the shot as our flu season is from June on. November is after the main  flu season here and in effect a waste of time. Our flu season is the same as in Australia & not the same as the US or Europe. I always had mine in September and he told me off for being too late.

That might apply on Oz but not in LOS.

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had mine end of Jan - is when my Hospital gets the 'new' vaccine..  same every year, this year cost is 270 baht + 50 baht nursing fee ... Red Cross Hospital in Bangkok.. there is also one in Chiang Mai I believe.

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Went to CM Ram hospital for a flu shot a few days ago(I live close and it was a shot walk). I heard “must see doctor first”??? I asked why??(always a bad idea in LOS).  I got the usual half smile and “must see doctor first”.  I said what the the heck and did not feel like going anywhere else.  I saw the doctor for about 30 seconds.  Got the vaccine a few minutes later.  .  Total price was 940 Baht.  If I am in LOS next year I will definitely go elsewhere.  

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Was surprised to be offered a flu shot at Lanna Hosp yesterday.  I do go to Lanna on a pretty regular basis.   After seeing my appointed doctor, the nurse took me to the side and gave me the shot.  Bigger surprise..... it was FREE ! ! !   So the biggest surprise..... no pain.

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i believe your body builds immunity to every new strain of flu that comes along /take away that immunity leaves the body vulnerable to next strain /bingo you are dead  

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On 9/4/2020 at 7:25 PM, uncleP said:

My consultant, world renowned and, has consulted both in the USA and Australia tells me that the new flu shot is available late April in Thailand and that early May is when you should get the shot as our flu season is from June on. November is after the main  flu season here and in effect a waste of time. Our flu season is the same as in Australia & not the same as the US or Europe. I always had mine in September and he told me off for being too late.

thats when i had mine this year at Satahip ,490baht

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On 9/4/2020 at 7:25 PM, uncleP said:

My consultant, world renowned and, has consulted both in the USA and Australia tells me that the new flu shot is available late April in Thailand and that early May is when you should get the shot as our flu season is from June on. November is after the main  flu season here and in effect a waste of time. Our flu season is the same as in Australia & not the same as the US or Europe. I always had mine in September and he told me off for being too late.

Well, the influenza center of Thailand disagrees. Below is a chart that shows the frequency of cases by month for the last 3 years. For some reason 2563 is incomplete. But as the doctor said, the rainy season and winter are the worst months. As can be seen from the graph, the worst months may be ahead of us.  I hope the mods allow this to remain even though it's in Thai. I couldn't find one in English.

(As you might expect, the first month listed is January)

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https://www.facebook.com/หมอมนูญ-ลีเชวงวงศ์-FC-604030819763686/photos/pcb.1760196807480409/1760196384147118/

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Well, the influenza center of Thailand disagrees. Below is a chart that shows the frequency of cases by month for the last 3 years. For some reason 2563 is incomplete. But as the doctor said, the rainy season and winter are the worst months. As can be seen from the graph, the worst months may be ahead of us.  I hope the mods allow this to remain even though it's in Thai. I couldn't find one in English.

(As you might expect, the first month listed is January)

120735626_1760196387480451_2304514958321273301_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&ccb=2&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_eui2=AeE691ysQCJCfOH88a1V8ZK3HWYXc9NTRPgdZhdz01NE-KGMg6N_k62kbFHCuW0d6QgF8u3nqfWrmPmGQh1mZwfR&_nc_ohc=s-HaZk3deMQAX8Tm9TS&_nc_ht=scontent.fcnx3-1.fna&oh=f4844ef7596a7dbc674dd7bc7e8084f0&oe=5FBD61EF

https://www.facebook.com/หมอมนูญ-ลีเชวงวงศ์-FC-604030819763686/photos/pcb.1760196807480409/1760196384147118/

This is an important subject and as such I have asked Sheryl, with her medical background,  to enlighten us. 

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On 9/4/2020 at 7:25 PM, uncleP said:

My consultant, world renowned and, has consulted both in the USA and Australia tells me that the new flu shot is available late April in Thailand and that early May is when you should get the shot as our flu season is from June on. November is after the main  flu season here and in effect a waste of time. Our flu season is the same as in Australia & not the same as the US or Europe. I always had mine in September and he told me off for being too late.

 

It is true that the peak  flu season here is from June through around November (i.e., the rainy season) and that each year's vaccine generally becomes available around May and people should get vaccinated each May.

 

However it is not the case that being vaccinated later is a waste of time. It is better than nothing; even in the "off" months there is always some flu around.

 

Anyone who failed to get vaccinated at the start of this year's flu season can certainly benefit from being vaccinated now..but in future should go in mid to late May for it.

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