There is no vaccine to prevent dengue. The best way to prevent getting the disease is to avoid being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Avoid being bitten by a mosquito by:
- using insect repellent to avoid being bitten, especially around dawn and dusk – products containing N-diethylmetatoluamide (DEET) are effective, but products containing this ingredient should not be used in babies younger than two months and in lower concentrations in younger children (20-30% DEET)
- wearing loose-fitting but protective clothing – mosquitoes are able to bite through tight-fitting clothes; trousers, long-sleeved shirts, and socks and shoes (not sandals) are ideal
- sleeping under a mosquito net to avoid being bitten at night
- be aware of your environment – mosquitoes that cause dengue breed in standing water in crowded urban environments; this can range from communal toilets to water that gathers inside a stack of old tyres
Phuket has a long history of dengue.
Dengue fever cases in Thailand near 15,000 for 2016 | Outbreak News Today
How this Canadian-designed mosquito trap could help fight Zika virus – CBC Radio (AND DENGUE)
The Modified Ovitrap – Dr. Gerardo Ulibarri –
We have taken this seriously on our medical mission ship.
CAS students and Year 9 tutor group students, including 2 Canadians,
have followed the advice of Canadian professor Gerardo Ulibarri
and have constructed an ovitrap which is now installed at the boat.
We will test it and see if we can change the epidemiology of dengue in Phuket!