What vaccinations do I need for the Philippines?
All travellers should be up to date with their routine vaccinations before heading off to the Phillipines. 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.
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.
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.
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:
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese encephalitis (particularly if you are visiting rural areas and/or spending a lot of time outdoors)
- Rabies (can be found in dogs, bats and other mammals)
In 2017 there were 6,122 cases of hepatitis B recorded in Australia, of which 142 cases were “newly acquired” and 5,980 cases were “unspecified” in regards to the time lapse since first infection.
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a viral infection of the brain spread by the bite of a particular type of mosquito.
Malaria is a serious and sometimes life-threatening parasitic infection spread by the bite of certain mosquitoes (i.e. the female Anopheles mosquito).
Sources & Citations
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Travelers’ health. Health Information for Travelers to Philippines. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/philippines [accessed 22 May 2018].
- Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. Available at: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home~handbook10part3~handbook10-3-2 [accessed 22 May 2018].
SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0160a - Date of preparation July 2018Show All