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The Travel Clinic:  Recommended Travel Vaccinations for China

The most populated Asian country, China, is located in the Eastern part of Asia. Her neighbouring countries include North Korea, India, Mongolia, Burma, Laos, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan and Bhutan.

It is necessary that you get detailed information about the prevalent diseases in China. One of these illnesses is Malaria. China is known to have a high rate of malaria occurrence yearly.

MALARIA IN CHINA

Malaria is a prevalent illness in China. Malaria, which is caused by the female anopheles mosquitoes, causes high-grade fever, muscle pains and severe joint pains. There is a higher risk of Malaria in the Yunnan Province & Hainan Island.

It is best to get advice regarding the most appropriate medications for malaria before travelling to China; this will prevent it from developing. Bite Avoidance through the use of treated mosquito nets, DEET 50% & body covering clothes will help reduce the risk of contracting malaria significantly.

CHINA IS YELLOW FEVER FREE

Fortunately, Yellow Fever does not affect the residents of China. Hence, there is little to no risk of transmission of Yellow Fever in China. A Yellow Fever Certification Requirement is nonetheless issued to some travellers heading to China. This applies to ONLY the travellers who have visited areas known to be affected by the viral Yellow Fever.

It is recommended that all travellers heading to China receive the appropriate vaccines. You won’t be required to take all the routine vaccines while your doctor will suggest the specific vaccines you should take based on your health status and the province you are visiting.

You can contact us at The Travel Clinic, London for a Personal Risk Assessment (PRA) to determine the best vaccines for you before you take the move to China. The table below shows the Travel Vaccinations that you might go for before you visit China.

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Recommended Travel Vaccinations for China

Vaccine All Travellers Most Travellers Some Travellers Mode of Transmission Course of Vaccination Price
Per
Dose
MMR Yes Person-to-Person Measles, mumps, rubella,  2 Doses £ 100
DTaP Yes Person-to-Person Tetanus diphtheria, polio, Single Dose £ 85
Typhoid Yes Contaminated Food and Water Typhoid, single Dose £ 95
Hepatitis A Yes Contaminated Food and Water Hepatitis A, Single Dose £ 60
Cholera Yes Contaminated Food and Water Cholera Two doses £ 35
Hepatitis B Yes Body Fluids, Medical Intervention Hepatitis B, 3 doses
£ 80
Japanese Encephalitis Yes Mosquitoes Japanese encephalitis, 2 doses
£ 150
Rabies Yes Infected Animals Rabies, 3 doses £ 90
Tick-Borne Encephalitis Yes Ticks Tick borne encephalitis, 3 doses £145

DIET TIPS FOR CHINA

China is blessed with great dishes and cuisines. Chinese cuisines are unique universally, ranging from the spicy Sichuan & Hunan to the subtle Cantonese dishes. The increasing rate of food safety hazards can’t be ignored at the present moment. Hence you need to be extra careful with the choice of diet you make.

It is strongly advised you avoid chicken throughout your stay in China. Also, avoid consuming tap water in China. Drink only recognised bottled water. Use bottled water while brushing your teeth. Since the water sources in China are not safe, stay away from ice cubes.

HEALTHCARE FACILITIES IN CHINA

We strongly advise that you make use of Private Clinics in China unless you are in a state of emergency. You can access hospitals in the major cities and large provinces. Do well to get a note from your Doctor containing any prescription medication that you would need before you embark on your journey to China.

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To start your journey to China, visit The Travel Clinic located at Suit F, 117A Harley St, Marylebone, London W1G 6AT, UK. You can book an appointment online on our contact us page or dial 020 37457527

Whether you are taking a short term trip to china or you are planning to move to China as an expat, well it is quite important to know the specific vaccinations that are often advised or recommended to keep you safe and healthy through and after your trip to China.

You can have all the necessary information and assessment on the travel vaccines that are needed for your journey at our Travel Clinic in London. Our experienced doctors are ever ready to ditch out advice and medications that are important for your trip to China.

Nevertheless, here is a quick breakdown of all that you need to know.

Essential travel vaccines for your trip to china

Just like the UK, some vaccines are recommended or required in china. See the below to gain some vital insights on some of the required vaccinations in china.

  • Hepatitis A and B – recommended for almost every traveller in china.
  • Typhoid – vaccines for typhoid are quite important for travellers and patients staying in the homes of friends and relatives situated in smaller cities of China.
  • Yellow fever – it is often recommended for travellers, who have visited or are travelling from a country with a substantial risk of yellow fever transmission
  • Japanese encephalitis – they are essential and often recommended depending on your activities and itinerary. They are often administered to short and extended stay travellers, recurrent travellers, and clients travelling to rural areas in China.
  • Rabies – they are also recommended for long-term travellers, as well as some patients that often come in contact with animals.
  • MMR (measles mumps rubella) – they are recommended for almost anyone, especially for patients that are unvaccinated or born after the year 1957.  
  • Polio – is generally considered as an important routine vaccination for virtually all travel itineraries.
  • Meningitis – are usually administered to any traveller that are unvaccinated or at an increased risk of meningitis infection.

Other travel vaccines

Other travel vaccines for patients going to china may also include:

  • Tetanus
  • Cholera
  • Tick-borne encephalitis
  • Shingles
  • Influenza
  • Chickenpox and
  • Pneumonia.

Well, guess what? We offer all the above-listed vaccinations and immunisations at our travel clinic in London. Call us on 020 37457527 to schedule an appointment with us.

When to go for your vaccinations before travelling to china

To avoid unnecessary uncertainties and risk, ensure you create enough time to establish your immunity to any of the diseases or infections you may have been exposed to in the past. You can do this by scheduling an appointment or visiting a travel clinic at least 6 weeks before your travel date. This will help mitigate against unnecessary risk while leaving you with sufficient time to administer any travel vaccinations that are necessary for your trip.

Malaria in china, risk and some vital things you should know.

As with other Asian countries, China has some substantial risk level of malaria, which can be easily transmitted through disease-carrying mosquitoes in some parts of the country.

However, depending on the specific area of destination in china, your length of stay, and what you will be doing during your stay or visit, it is important to safeguard yourself against these disease-carrying mosquitoes by wearing clothes that cover vital areas of the body. You can also apply appropriate mosquito or insect repellent to any areas of your skin that are often exposed. Our travel doctors at The travel clinic London will guide you through the necessary actions and precautions to take to keep you healthy throughout your stay, depending on your area of destination.

Dengue fever in china, risk and some key things you should know

Another important mosquito-borne disease that you could be most likely be exposed to in china if appropriate care is not taken is the dengue fever. Just like malaria, there are no specific travel vaccines and preventive tablets against dengue fever. That said, it is important to adhere to all necessary advice and precautions as provided by your travel clinic in London.

Schistosomiasis in china, risk and some other key facts

 Schistosomiasis also referred to as bilharzia are parasitic infections which are quite common in China. This disease is often transmitted by parasites that are known to burrow into the human skin. They can be easily found in freshwater lakes and streams. Once the parasites enter the body, they grow into worm-like form, such that they live in the veins in and around the bladder and bowels, where they are known to live for more than 2 years.

This disease is rarely diagnosed until it has resulted in countless damage in the bowel, genital tract, kidneys and in the liver. Once schistosomiasis is diagnosed, they are often treated with an oral medication, commonly referred to as praziquantel. Regardless, the best way to avoid this disease is to avoid bathing, swimming or paddling in fresh water, streams and lakes.

Contact us at The travel clinic London

For more information on china travel vaccines, contact us on 020 37457527. We offer both appointment and walk-in services to new and existing patients in London and its surrounding area.