The expatriate’s guide to vaccinations in China

Planning a trip or just arrived with your family to start your new career abroad, and still unsure whether you have all the proper vaccinations for life in China? Look no further than this helpful quick guide from your local specialist health insurance broker, One World Cover.

When making your first move to China, either for seeing the sights and enjoying the country’s rich culture or to begin the next chapter in your career and your family’s life, the sheer multitude of preparation and tasks that must be completed can be overwhelming. With a sizeable team of expatriates, we at One World Cover understand not only the importance of having solid international medical insurance when living away from home, but also the key health issues you must prepare for when moving to a new country.

As a specialist health insurance broker, we strive to go the extra mile for our clients and provide services beyond expert consultation for medical cover, including promoting health awareness and providing useful advice relevant to expatriate life in China. Recently we received a number of queries regarding cover for adult vaccinations and child immunizations from expat families newly arrived in the country, and so we have put together the following concise guide for your quick reference, including a list of required vaccinations for living and travelling in China, information on available immunizations at the most popular international medical clinics in Beijing and Shanghai, and the key wellness benefits for vaccinations cover on offer through some of our preferred insurance providers for individuals and families.

What vaccinations are required in China?

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in addition to routine immunizations for children and adults the following vaccinations are strongly recommended if travelling or living abroad in China:

– Hepatitis A
– Hepatitis B
– Typhoid
– Polio
– Japanese Encephalitis
– Rabies
– Malaria (various preventive medicines available)

Where can I go for vaccinations, and how much will it cost? *

Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU)

Tel: +86 10 5927 7000
2 Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100015

Doctor Consultation: Rmb1,000
Hepatitis A: Rmb600 per dose
Hepatitis B: Rmb600 per dose per adult; Rmb500 per dose per child
Typhoid: Rmb400
Polio: Rmb600
Japanese Encephalitis: Rmb800
Rabies: Rmb600
Malaria medicines available

Beijing International Medical Center (IMC)

Tel: +86 10 6465 1560
50 Liangmaqiao Road, Beijing Lufthansa Office Building, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100125

Doctor Consultation: Rmb720
Hepatitis A: Rmb650 per dose per adult; Rmb620 per dose per child
Hepatitis A+B: Rmb500 per dose per adult; Rmb400 per dose per child
Typhoid: Not available
Polio: Rmb580
Japanese Encephalitis: Rmb300
Rabies: Rmb480
Malaria medicines available

Beijing Vista Clinic

Tel: +86 10 8529 6618
1 Guanghua Road, Shunyi District, Beijing, China

Doctor Consultation (First visit only): Rmb660
Hepatitis A: Rmb616 per dose per adult; Rmb449 per dose per child
Hepatitis B: Rmb598 per dose per adult; Rmb550 per dose per child
Hepatitis A+B Package: Rmb925 per adult
Typhoid: Rmb636
Polio: Rmb501
Japanese Encephalitis: Rmb490
Rabies: Not available
Malaria medicines available

Note: All charges include injection fee of Rmb100 per injection.

ParkwayHealth Shanghai

Tel: +86 21 6445 5999
203-4 West Retail Plaza, 1376 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, China 200040
(Four other locations in Puxi, and two locations in Pudong)

Doctor Consultation: Rmb1,300 (Depending on complexity of case and determined by doctor after visit)
Hepatitis A: Rmb293 per dose per adult; Rmb370 per dose per child
Hepatitis B: Rmb300 per dose per adult; Rmb290 per dose per child
Typhoid: Not available
Polio: Rmb420
Japanese Encephalitis: Rmb220 (Available at Jin Qiao Medical Center only)
Rabies: Not available
Malaria medicines not available

Note: All charges include injection fee of Rmb220 per injection.

Global HealthCare (GHC)

Tel: +86 21 5298 6339 (Puxi Center) | +86 21 6877 5093 (Pudong Center)
ECO City, Suite 303, 1788 Nanjing West Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai, China 200040

Doctor Consultation: Rmb1,200
Hepatitis A: Rmb295 per dose per adult; Rmb200 per dose per child
Hepatitis B: Rmb278 per dose per adult; Rmb266 per dose per child
Typhoid: Rmb1,000 (Limited availability)
Polio: Rmb398
Japanese Encephalitis: Rmb1,304
Rabies: Rmb2,400 for package of three doses
Malaria medicines available

Note: All charges include injection fee of Rmb200 per injection.

Raffles Medical Shanghai

Tel: +86 21 6197 2300
Level 2, 1801 Hongmei Road, Innov Tower, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China 200233

Doctor Consultation (First visit only): Rmb600-800
Hepatitis A: Rmb540 per dose
Hepatitis B: Rmb420 per dose
Typhoid: Not available
Polio: Rmb650
Japanese Encephalitis: Rmb350
Rabies: Not available
Malaria medicines available

Note: All charges include injection fee of RMB 300 per injection.

Which international insurers in China provide vaccinations cover?

The following plan designs from our most popular international insurers for individuals and families provide cover for adult travel vaccinations and child immunizations, with direct billing available at the medical clinics previously mentioned: