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.

VACCINATION China Thailand Vietnam Cambodia Indonesia Philippines
Hepatitis A Most Most Most Most Most Most
Typhoid Most Most Most Most Most Most
Hepatitis B Some Some Some Some Some Some
Malaria Some Some Some Most Most Some
Rabies Some Some Some Some Some Some
Yellow Fever Some Some Some Some Some Some
Japanese Encephalitis Some Some Some Some Some Some
Cholera Some Some Some Some Some Some

 

VACCINATION Malaysia Singapore India Sri Lanka Nepal
Hepatitis A Most Most Most Most Most
Typhoid Most Most Most Most Most
Hepatitis B Some Some Some Some Some
Malaria Some Not needed Most Not needed Some
Rabies Some Some Some Some Some
Yellow Fever Some Some Some Some Some
Japanese Encephalitis Some Some Some Some Some
Cholera Some Not needed Some Not needed Some

Please find below a helpful guideline to where you find many of the above-recommended vaccinations in Shanghai and Beijing. Please note that the name of the hospital and clinic is clickable to take you to a link with an address and contact details. Please note that prior appointment is required at all the listed hospitals and clinics. Consultation and/or injection will typically be charged in addition to the cost of vaccination.

The below-listed International Travel Healthcare Centers (in both Shanghai and Beijing) are government-affiliated (specifically the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau) health care centers that provide travel health consultations, examinations, immunisations and vaccinations. These centers also conduct the health check-up that is required as part of a work visa application so there is a good chance you have been there before. There are usually a few centers across each city so it’s worth checking their website to see which is closest to you – click the name of the hospital or clinic below to access the main center’s website.

Shanghai

HOSPITAL / CLINIC Hepatitis A Typhoid Hepatitis B Malaria Rabies Yellow Fever Japanese Encephalitis Cholera
Global HealthCare n/a n/a n/a 231 / pill n/a n/a 88 n/a
Shanghai East Intl Medical Center n/a n/a 93.5 Doxycycline n/a n/a 76.5 n/a
Shanghai International Hospital n/a n/a 93.5 n/a 100 n/a 76.5 n/a
ParkwayHealth 89 n/a 107.5 n/a n/a n/a 88 n/a
Shanghai United Familiy Hospital n/a n/a 93.5 n/a n/a n/a 76.5 n/a
Raffles Medical Shanghai n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Shanghai Intl Travel Healthcare Center 120 ~100 94 Doxycycline 61 70 n/a 50
Shanghai DeltaHealth Hospital 238 n/a 108 n/a n/a n/a 88 n/a

Beijing

HOSPITAL / CLINIC Hepatitis A Typhoid Hepatitis B Malaria Rabies Yellow Fever Japanese Encephalitis Cholera
Hong Kong International Medical Clinic 195 n/a 150 n/a n/a n/a 150 n/a
OASIS Hospital 237 n/a 178 Doxycycline 396 n/a 246 n/a
ParkwayHealth (at Heping Hospital) 390 n/a 118 n/a 324 n/a 159 n/a
Beijing United Familiy Hospital 618 n/a 518 n/a 618 n/a 405-585 n/a
Vista Clinic 90 n/a 89 Doxycycline n/a n/a 72 n/a
International Medical Center Beijing n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 300 n/a
Raffles Medical Beijing 162 n/a 160 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Beijing Intl Travel Healthcare Center 140 n/a 162 n/a n/a Free n/a 270

 

All listed prices are in renminbi (CNY). Please note that the number of shots/injections required may vary from clinic to clinic depending on the particular strain of vaccination used. Consultation and/or injection will typically be charged in addition to the cost of vaccination. Please note all prices are correct as of February 1, 2018.

Travel vaccinations may or may not be covered by your insurance plan so please check with your insurance provider or insurance broker prior to seeking treatment if you are concerned about the level of cover. In many instances, direct billing is not available for travel vaccinations so you may need to pay first and submit a claim to your insurance provider for the reimbursement of the costs.

In addition to ensuring you have all the appropriate vaccinations in place, there are other preparations needed for staying healthy while travelling. Talk to your Doctor to develop a plan for management of travellers diarrhea, animal bites, blood clots in the legs – and also ensure you have travel insurance or health insurance plan in place that will cover you in case you need to make a visit to the emergency room while overseas. If you are concerned about the level of insurance cover you currently have in place or want to purchase a plan prior to heading overseas, please click here to get a quote.

Useful links:

wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx
www.familydoctor.org/international-travel-tips-for-staying-healthy/

Important note / Disclaimer: The above information is only intended as a general reference or guideline to assist with your planning prior to taking a trip. You should consult your Doctor prior to travel to see if you need a specific vaccination. There is often conflicting advice on what vaccinations are required for specific countries or areas within a country.
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