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Travel Vaccinations for Philippines

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Philippines

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
Typhoid
From £60
Cholera (oral)
From £40
Hepatitis B (call to reserve)
From £57
Rabies
From £75
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio
From £50
There is a risk of Malaria in Philippines. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

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Destination Information for Philippines

Over 7,000 islands make up the Southeast Asian country of the Philippines in the Western Pacific. The capital, Manila, is known for its ancient Chinatown and the waterfront promenade. Old Manila houses a walled city from colonial times, Intramuros, as well as Fort Santiago and the baroque San Agustin Church. There are also Spanish influences here, a legacy from 300 years of Spanish rule before independence was claimed in 1898, including on religion; the Philippines is Asia’s largest catholic country.

Some of the most popular attractions of the Philippines are in, or related to, the sea, given the island nature of the country. With world-class diving and surfing, many tourists come for the pristine reefs, immaculate beaches and incredible marine life. Inland, there are jungles, mountains and caves to explore, with natural hot springs thanks to the live volcanoes. There are many cities across the 7,000 islands of the Philippines. As well as Manila, important centres include Cebu, a major site for commerce, industry and tourism, and Davao, one of the largest cities in the world in terms of physical area, and the home of the Philippines’ tallest mountain, Mount Apo.

From stunning beaches to whale watching and water-sports, there’s something for everyone in the Philippines, whether you’re a true explorer hoping to experience a new culture and way of life, or you’re simply looking for a beautiful place to relax and unwind.

When enjoying this diverse nation, you should make sure you have already been administered with the appropriate vaccines. It is recommended that all visitors to the Philippines receive the hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines, along with the tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccine. Other considerations must be given to Rabies, Hepatitis B and Japanese encephalitis.

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

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

Zika virus

Zika virus is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are most active during the day, especially during mid-morning, then late afternoon and dusk through to evening. For most people it's a very mild infection with minor or no symptoms, but is more of a risk to pregnant woman as it could result in certain birth defects.

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 Philippines

The Philippines is an area which is at extreme risk from terrorist attacks and other violent crime. Visitors to the north of the country should follow government travel advice, and avoid all travel to western and central Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago to the south. There is currently a ‘state of national emergency on account of lawless violence’ in place across large areas of Mindanao, the southernmost group of islands, while other areas are now under martial law with strict curfews imposed.

Crime and violence aside, there are several other factors that visitors to the Phillipines should bear in mind in order to have a safe and incident-free trip. The Philippines is in an earthquake zone, and also commonly experiences volcanic eruptions and typhoons. Check your specific destination for local advice and travel warnings, as well as information about what to do if you’re in an area experiencing a seismic event.

The Philippines has been classified as having a risk of Zika virus, which causes birth defects and has no vaccine. Take steps to prevent mosquito bites. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant you should not visit the Philippines. Medical care in the country is reasonable in major cities, but can be difficult to access in rural areas, and standards of care may be poor.

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