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Travel Vaccinations for China

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting China

A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.

Hepatitis A - Adult
From £93
Japanese Encephalitis
From £99
Hepatitis B (call to reserve)
From £57
Rabies
From £75
Typhoid
From £60
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio
From £50
There is a risk of Malaria in China. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

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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 country’s 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.

As you sit on the Great Wall, it is important you have been administered with the appropriate travel vaccinations. Anyone travelling to China should be up to date with their hepatitis A, Typhoid tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccines. Depending on which regions you visit, and your risk factors and itinerary, additional vaccines may be required such as Rabies, Tick borne encephalitis, Japanese encephalitis and hepatitis B. Please book early at a travel clinic to find out exactly what vaccinations and precautions you need.

Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:

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Non Vaccinated Diseases

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is primarily spread to humans either by infected ticks or animal blood. Human-to-human transmission can also occur resulting from close contact with the blood, organs or other bodily fluids of an infected person.

Scrub typhus

Scrub typhus, also known as bush typhus, is a bacterial disease that is spread to people through bites of infected chiggers (larval mites). Common symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, and sometimes rash. It can usually be treated with antibiotics, however people with severe illness may develop organ failure and bleeding, which can be fatal if left untreated.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and it causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with Dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where Dengue is common. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems Bed Bug Barrier Bedsheet
£12.99
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a viral disease which develops from mosquito bites during the day time. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Symptoms include: High fever (40°C), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and a rash usually lasting for 2-7 days. WHO estimates 390 million cases of Dengue infections per year.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Leishmaniasis

A parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of an infected sandfly. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (the most common): Causes skin lesions, mainly ulcers on exposed parts of the body, causing scars and serious disability. 90% of cases are in the Americas, the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East and Asia. Visceral Leishmaniasis (the most dangerous): Causes enlarged spleen and liver, anaemia, weight loss and irregular bouts of fever. Highly endemic in the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa. Mucotaneous (the least common): Causes partial or total destruction of the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth and throat. Most cases are found in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis, also called bilharzia, is an infection caused by a parasitic worm that lives in fresh water in subtropical and tropical regions. Avoid swimming in fresh water rivers, streams and lakes if you can. You often don't have any symptoms at first, but after a few weeks may develop a rash, high temperature, cough, diarrhoea and joint pain. Schistosomiasis can usually be treated successfully with a short course of a medication that kills the worms.

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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