Vaccines advised to ALL China visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME China visitors i The vaccines you need will depend on where in the country you are visiting, how long you will stay and what activities you will undertake during your trip. During your consultation our nurse will advise if you should consider any of the following vaccinations.

There is a risk of Malaria in China. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

NOTE: British travellers should also ensure they have adequate protection from MEASLES, MUMPS and RUBELLA and TUBERCULOSIS, which are normally given as part of the childhood vaccination schedule.

Destination Information for China

China has some larger than life cities to explore. Whether you stay for a week or stay for 3 months, you can enjoy every minute of every day visiting some of the countries exquisite attractions. The different regions of China vary in temperature and climate - the north of the country is the temperate area, south is subtropical, and the central area has a warm temperature. The thermometer can reach highs of 35°C degrees in certain parts of the country.

Tourists visiting China usually head to Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai and Xian, but independent of any region you wish to explore, it’s a must to take a tour of one of the most iconic sights in the country - the Great Wall of China in Beijing; you can even stand atop the wall and admire the views.

Simatai is one of the most beautiful points at the wall, and there are usually fewer tourists there. However, the closest point to the city is the Juyongguan section of the wall - a great part of the wall to visit on a day trip. Apart from the Great Wall, make sure you stop by to see the Pandas, enjoy a ‘Three Gorges’ cruise or hire a bike and cycle through the rice fields. Shanghai also has a stunning harbour where you can enjoy a meal and an evening tour.

If you’re wondering ‘do you need travel vaccinations to go to China?’, the answer in most cases is yes. A visit to the London Travel Clinic to see the specialist travel nurses will help to make sure you have the right China Travel Vaccinations for the area you’re visiting and length of time you are travelling. Our team will also be able to provide you with the necessary travel information for China to ensure you keep safe and healthy during your visit.

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Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

British Embassy Beijing
11 Guang Hua Lu
Jian Guo Men Wai
Beijing
100600
China

Telephone (General enquiries only): +86 0(10) 5192 4000
Telephone (Consular assistance for British nationals): +86 0(10) 8529 6600

British Consulate-General Guangzhou
2nd Floor Guangdong International Building
339 Huanshi Dong Lu
Guangzhou
510098
China

Email: britishconsulate.guangzhou@fco.gov.uk
Telephone (General Enquiries only): +86 (0)20 8314 3000

British Consulate-General Chongqing
Suite 2801
Metropolitan Tower
68 Zourong Road
Yu Zhong District
Chongqing
400010
China

Email: britishconsulate.chongqing@fco.gov.uk
Telephone (General enquiries only): +86 (0)23 6369 1400/6369 1500

British Consulate-General Shanghai
Suite 301
Shanghai Centre
1376 Nanjing Xi Lu
Shanghai
200040
China

Telephone (General enquiries only): +86 (0)21 3279 2000

Vaccine Information for China

Disease & Source
Vaccination Details
Course
Price
Disease: Hepatitis A
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A single course injection of Havrix Monodose to cover against Hepatitis A
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • A single dose of Hepatyrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Diphtheria
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Tetanus
Source: Puncture wounds, burns and intravenous drug use
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Polio
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Cholera
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A course of two Dukoral tablets, which is administered orally.

Course
2 doses
Price
£32.50
Disease: Hepatitis B
Source: Infected blood and bodily fluids
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A course of three injections of Energix B to cover against Hepatitis B
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Japanese Encephalitis
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

A course of two IXIARO injections over 28 days.

Course
2 doses
Price
£90.00
Disease: Rabies
Source: Animal to person
Vaccination Details

A course of three injections of the vaccine (Rabies BP or Rabipur) will cover against Rabies and is recommended. In the event of possible exposure to Rabies, urgent medical attention should be sought, even in those who have received pre-exposure vaccines.

Course
Price
Disease: Typhoid
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • Typhim Vi, single dose injection
  • Vivotif, 3 capsules
  • Viatim, single dose injection of Hepatitis A & Typhoid combined
Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Malaria
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

There are a range of different anti-malarial tablets that will be prescribed to travellers based on several factors, including: destination, medical history, family history, current medications, previous problems with anti-malarial tablets, age and pregnancy.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
Disease: Dengue Fever
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50%+ Deet insect repellent
Disease: Filariasis
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: HIV/AIDS
Source: Bodily Fluids
Our Advice: Use a condom for sex and to never share needles or other injecting equipment (including syringes, spoons and swabs).
Disease: Leishmaniasis
Source: Sandfly
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: Schistosomiasis
Source: Parasitic Flatworms in fresh water ponds, lakes, rivers and canals
Our Advice: Avoid swimming or wading in freshwater. Drink safe water
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +

Additional Health Risks Information for China

China is a fascinating country to visit. However, as the culture is so different from life in the West, there are a few issues to highlight regarding travel health and staying safe while you’re travelling around China. In busy cities, foreigners may be a target for muggings and bag snatching, so take extra care around tourist areas and street markets. Serious crime is rare but does occur. Don’t travel alone after dark or in isolated areas, and make sure someone knows your plans. If you’re trekking or visiting the Tibet Autonomous Region, you will need a permit. There are sometimes travel restrictions in place for this area, imposed without warning, so check before you set off – it’s a good idea to travel with an organised tour.

Tourists and visitors to the country are not allowed to drive in China. For getting around day-to-day, you will need to use public transport or a licensed taxi – remember to agree on the fare before beginning any journey. In cities, there can be a high level of air pollution, which may exacerbate any existing respiratory conditions. Medical care in major cities is generally good, but it can be harder to find in more rural areas. Healthcare is not free, so ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.

Some areas of China and Tibet are at high altitude. If you are walking or trekking in mountainous areas, ensure that you are aware of the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness, and what to do if a member of your group begins to suffer. Tick-borne encephalitis is prevalent at altitude and forested areas, and Japanese Encephalitis in rural areas so consult a travel clinic to discuss vaccination before your trip.

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