This is for anyone out there, like me, who is stressing about travel vaccinations. The crazy cost of them in Australia and wondering what it’s like to get them in Malaysia or Kuala Lumpur specifically. If that’s not you, don’t worry, you can go and read something else like our guide to Kuala Lumpur with kids. We got a whole bunch of travel shots at a private clinic in KL. This post tells you a little about that experience.
Before we left Australia I had a painful appointment with my GP. No needles, just a big financial headache. According to him we should consider every vaccination in the book and it was going to cost us an arm and a leg, each. I went away and wrote a post, The Travel Vaccination Drama, and had a good think about it. I decided we’d get a few travel vaccinations in Bangkok, where it’s a lot cheaper.
Plans change all the time. Three months into our trip we still haven’t been to the Bangkok Travel Clinic. We didn’t spend long in Bangkok at all, accommodation prices drove us away and we headed to lovely Kanchanaburi instead.
We did have some time on our hands in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, so I checked out a clinic there.
Travel Vaccinations in Kuala Lumpur Were Super Easy!
I spotted a clinic in the huge, spangly KLCC shopping mall, it’s the one under The Petronas Towers. I shot them an email about travel vaccinations and appointments. No appointment necessary, just turn up.
So we did, twice. I got myself a tetanus vaccination, I hadn’t had one in years, and all three of us got typhoid vaccinations, I’ve heard typhoid isn’t fun.
The Twin Towers Medical Clinic was the most modern, super efficient, clean and generally awesome medical facility I have ever been to, anywhere in the world. They’re not paying me to say that.
We filled in a form at reception requesting the travel vaccinations we needed, took a ticket and waited for our number to be called. Within minutes we saw the lovely lady doctor and the job was done. Take another ticket, wait for the invoice to be ready, pay and go.
We didn’t get rabies vaccinations at this point. Our decision to get rabies shots came later when we decided they were worth getting for more remote and challenging destinations. We got those in London where we found that a private clinic was actually cheaper than the NHS. The more “exotic” vaccinations aren’t normally free in the Uk but some are.
Were Travel Vaccinations Cheaper in Kuala Lumpur?
It was cheaper than Australia. It’s hard to say based on only 2 vaccinations, but these are the figures I have. Please note that these costs were from quite a few years ago and prices have probably changed.
Typhoid Vaccination in Australia $36.50 ( cost of vaccination only from QLD pathology, your doctor will probably charge you extra for sticking the needle in)
Typhoid Vaccination in Malaysia $25 AU (they did charge me a 20 ringgit consultation fee, $6 AU but that was for 3 of us, not each, later in Vietnam, they asked for this fee per person))
Typhoid Vaccination at Bangkok Travel Clinic $10 AU (charges $6 according to their website, checked today)
I don’t have the exact price for a tetanus vaccination in Australia, in Kuala Lumpur it was $25 AU. A friend told me she paid $65 recently, but that’s 2nd hand information, prices vary along with how much your GP thinks he should be paid.
That’s all I wanted to say really, how great the clinic was and how incredibly easy getting travel vaccinations in Kuala Lumpur turned out to be. Happy travels! I’m never going to give medical advice, just explain how we managed to figure out which vaccinations we thought we needed, and where. I’m happy to report that none of us ever caught anything too nasty, in fact, we’re pretty healthy travellers.
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Thursday 3rd of June 2021
Monday 24th of June 2019
Hi Alyson, thanks for writing this post - very helpful! I'm just wondering if you would mind sharing the email address that you used? I realise it was a while ago, so it may be out dated, but I figure I'll give it a crack. I went on their website and couldn't find an email contact, but I'd like to get in touch with them and confirm if they are able to offer what my partner and I will need.
Loving reading your posts - you've visited many of the places that we'll be heading. We take off from Melbourne in a few weeks, with no return date woohoo!
Tuesday 25th of June 2019
Just Google Twin Towers Medical Centre Contact - I don't know if this is the same email address we used, but its easy to find.
Thursday 24th of January 2019
can anybody guide me, which medical clinic in kuala lumpur provides an IPV for travel? it's urgent.
Thursday 24th of January 2019
Try in medical center KL, good, clean and fast service
Thursday 24th of January 2019
Saturday 23rd of June 2018
Thanks very much for this advice! I’ve just been in for tetanus and typhoid shots - service was very efficient and about 1/3 the price of what I’d pay in New Zealand. Would certainly recommend to those needing immunisations before heading to into the more intrepid parts of Asia.
Thursday 7th of June 2018
Hello!! Thank you so much for your information!
I'm in Kuala Lumpur just now. I'm going to India tomorrow, and I don't have the typhoid vaccination.
I went this afternoon to medical center in KL asking for typhoid tablets (one fríend told me in Spain give in tablets). In the Medical center told is an injection, and I was afraid, I'm in my first trip alone, not my first trip, but I was confused... I didn't know what to do and I decided not receive the injection.
After read your post, I'm more confident... I'll go tomorrow morning for the typhoid vaccination. Did you have a secondary effects? I really appreciate you, thanks to explain yours experiences everywhere.
Alyson Long for World Travel Family
Friday 8th of June 2018
Maybe a sore arm? I've never heard of Typhoid tablets and I worked in pathology and received regular vaccinations against all this stuff for 20 years.