Holiday Travel Vaccinations Guideline for Expats Living in China
Before making an overseas trip it’s important to check with your Doctor what vaccinations and medicines you might need. Ideally, you should schedule an appointment to speak with your Doctor around 6 weeks prior to the trip. Your Doctor will help assess your individual health risks before recommending vaccinations and/or medication such as antimalarial tablets.
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First and foremost you should check that you are up-to-date with all your routine vaccinations before every trip. These include vaccinations against measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox) and polio – and possibly typhoid. The Hepatitis A vaccination is also recommended for everyone. It is a common illness that is spread through poor hand washing and food.
Hepatitis B is common across Asia, including in China, and immunization is recommended for everyone. Hepatitis B is spread through infected blood and blood products, contaminated needles and medical instruments and sexual intercourse.
Depending on where you are travelling to, while it may not be necessary to take antimalarial tablets, malaria precautions are essential. Avoid mosquito bites by covering up with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset, use insect repellents on exposed skin and, when necessary, sleep under a mosquito net.
For travel to many countries, yellow fever vaccination certificates are required for travellers over 9 months of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for all travellers having transited through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Popular Travel Destinations Vaccination Checklist
Most = Vaccinations required in most of the country and therefore recommended for travel.
Some = Vaccinations required in some areas of the country and in some circumstances. You should speak to your Doctor prior to making the trip.
Not needed = vaccination not required.
|Malaria||Some||Not needed||Most||Not needed||Some|
|Cholera||Some||Not needed||Some||Not needed||Some|