I was born in China, do I need to be vaccinated to visit home?
As the immunisation schedule for China is different to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for Australia, you may need to check with your doctor to ensure that you are adequately protected against the diseases at risk within China. This of course will depend on how much time you have spent in Australia before returning to your home country.
It is important to remember that when returning to China, children do not have immunity to local illnesses. Likewise, parents or adults who have lived away from China for a while have declining immunity too. Also, the immunisation schedules for China and Australia may be different, so locals may be vaccinated against different diseases. So, the whole family needs to prepare for a healthy trip ‘home’.
Check the National Immunisation Schedule
Sources & Citations
- Lonely Planet. Asia – China – Health. Available at: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/health [accessed 10 May 2018]
- International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers. Country Health Advice – China. Food & Water Safety: Overview. Available at: https://www.iamat.org/country/china/risk/food-water-safety-overview [accessed 10 May 2018]
- Wu et al; 2010. Dengue Fever in Mainland China. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2929067/ [accessed 10 May 2018]
SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0145a - Date of preparation May 2018Show All