Do I need vaccinations to visit China?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that all travellers are up-to-date with their routine vaccinations including; measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, polio, influenza, pneumococcal disease, haemophilus influenzae type B, human papillomavirus, rotavirus and varicella. Some of these vaccinations are given as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for individuals who meet the criteria. For a full list, refer to the NIP for details, available here. In some cases, you may need a booster or re-vaccination against a disease to ensure you still have immunity.
Other diseases that are considered a risk in China include hepatitis A, typhoid, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis and rabies. Your doctor will be able to let you know which vaccinations are recommended for you, based on the time of year, destination/s, activities planned and the duration of your stay.
Sources & Citations
5. World Health Organization. International travel and health – vaccines. Available at: https://www.who.int/ith/vaccines/en/ [Accessed 26 March 2020].
6. Australian Government Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule (NIP). Available at: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/immunisation-throughout-life/national-immunisation-program-schedule [Accessed 26 March 2020].
7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Traveler’s Health, Chapter 10 – China. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2020/popular-itineraries/china [Accessed 26 March 2020].
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