I'm travelling for work to Manila, do I need vaccines before I travel?
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), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and influenza. These vaccinations are given as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP). For a full list please refer to the NIP schedule, 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 Manila include hepatitis A, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, and rabies. Malaria is common in some parts of the Philippines, but not so much in Manila. 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.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. People are exposed to the virus generally through food or drink contaminated with faeces (poo), however, close personal contact (e.g.
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a viral infection of the brain spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Australia is free of rabies, as the virus does not occur in land-dwelling Australian animals. Australia does, however, have other similar viruses, which are found in bats.
Sources & Citations
5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Travelers’ health – Philippines. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/philippines [accessed 03 April 2020].
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