Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before travelling to Vietnam to get vaccines or medicines you may need.
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destinations. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include :
- Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine
- Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine,
- Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
- Polio vaccine
- And your yearly flu shot.
Which vaccinations do I need when travel to Vietnam?
When travelling to Vietnam, it it recommended for most visitors to take Hepatitis A ( Hep A) and Typhoid Vaccinations. In general, you don’t have worry to much if you are stick to the well-trodden paths like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Hoi An Hue, etc because the food standard in Vietnam is safe enough to enjoy your holiday.
But if you enjoying adventurous Vietnam Street Food or visiting rural areas – where the overall hygiene and safety of food and water in Vietnam are not high as it in in the big cities, you may encounter with contaiminated food or water, thus you can be at risk of getting these diseases from it.
Rules: You should drink water from bottles or boiled water, NEVER have tap water.
- Hepatitis B Now considered routine for most travellers. A rapid schedule is also available, as is a combined vaccination with Hepatitis A. Lifetime protection occurs in 95% of people.
- Typhoid Recommended unless your trip is less than a week and only to cities. The vaccine offers around 70% protection and lasts for two or three years
If you are travelling Vietnam in the wet season…
You should avoid mosquito bite to prevent malaria. bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling. It is also recommended to keep bug spray/insect repellent in the pocket all the time.
If you are travelling Vietnam more than a month…
You should get Japanese Encephalitis(JE). JE virus is the most common vaccine-preventable cause of encephalitis in Asia. JE virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. The transmission principally occurs in rural agricultural areas, often associated with rice cultivation and flood irrigation.
It is also recommended to keep bug spray/insect repellent in the pocket all the time.
And alway keep malaria tablet when you are staying in a jungle or high risk area.
In overall, we recommend you should consult your doctor before you travel to Vietnam, but even if you don’t, then do not worry so much, Vietnam is in fact an extremely safe country and it will all go well with a memorable holiday to this wonderful country.
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