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 a particular type of mosquito.
Australia has been free of rabies for a number of years. Australia does however have similar virus, which is found in bats.
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].
- World Health Organisation. International Travel and Health. Available at: http://www.who.int/ith/vaccines/en/ [accessed 22 May 2018].
- Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Smart Traveller. Philippines. Available at: http://smartraveller.gov.au/countries/asia/south-east/pages/philippines.aspx#health [accessed 22 May].
SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0160a - Date of preparation July 2018Show All