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What vaccinations do I need for the Philippines?

Page last updated 28 April 2020

All travellers should be up to date with their routine vaccinations before heading off to the Philippines. These include vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, chicken pox, polio and influenza. For a full list, refer to the National Immunisation Program – available here.

Most travellers 
There is an increased risk of contracting hepatitis A and typhoid in the Philippines, both of which can be contracted through contaminated food or water. 

Some travellers
Depending on the duration of your stay, where you are staying and what activities you have planned, the following vaccinations may be recommended for you by your doctor:

  • Cholera
  • Hepatitis B 
  • Japanese encephalitis (particularly if you are visiting rural areas and/or spending a lot of time outdoors)
  • Malaria
  • Rabies (can be found in dogs, bats and other mammals)

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Sources & Citations

5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Travelers’ health – Philippines. Available at:

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0160(1)a - Date of preparation April 2020