Vaccinations for Malaysia
There are no essential vaccinations for entry into Malaysia from Western Europe. However boosters of your childhood vaccines and also vaccines against some of the food and water borne diseases are strongly recommended.
For the short-term tourist vaccinations for Malaysia usually consist of cover against Tetanus and Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Furthermore, those trekking or staying for longer periods will need to consider cover against a number of other diseases such as Rabies and Hepatitis B.
Most travellers to Malaysia should start their vaccines about 4 to 6 weeks before they leave home.
All over Malaysia the climate tends to be very humid though this can vary from location to location and throughout the year. Being so close to the equator, the sun is strong and proper care against sun burn must be constantly taken. Dehydration and loss of salt through perspiration are two other common problems for the unprepared traveller. Drink plenty of fluids and replace your salt loss. Make sure you pack clothing suitable for a warm humid climate.
Due to this constant humid climate mosquitoes tend to be present throughout the year and therefore malaria prophylaxis may be prescribed for you depending on your itinerary.
Violent crime against tourists is rare though petty incidents like bag snatching, burglaries and car break-in crimes are increasing. It is wise to take special care of your personal belongings when walking through some of the crowded market places or along the curb.
Malaysia is becoming a more common destination for holidays and also as a stop-off for those travelling on to Australia. With common-sense and care you should be able to have a very enjoyable safe time.
We also have an article with more specific information if you are planning on travelling to Borneo.