Vaccinations for China
For the standard tourist the recommended vaccinations for China include vaccines against Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Tetanus and Diphtheria. Those planning to spend a longer time in China or travelling to rural areas should consider additional vaccinations against conditions like Rabies, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Meningococcal Meningitis.
There are no compulsory requirements for vaccinations for China for entry / exit purposes for travellers entering from Western Europe (including Ireland) but some are recommended for the traveller’s personal protection against some of the food and water diseases.
Most standard tourists should start their vaccines about 4 to 6 weeks before they leave Ireland. However, those undertaking a more extensive trip should consider attending a Topical Medical Bureau clinic earlier.
During the summer months, carry a supply of insect repellent (at least 30% DEET) ointments for your trip and use sensible, light coloured clothing to protect yourself against the mosquitoes and sandflys. The risk of malaria in most of China is very limited (usually southern border regions of the country) but Malaria Prophylactic tablets may be prescribed depending on your actual itinerary. Other serious mosquito borne diseases do occur so these will need to be considered.
The sunlight during the summer months and in Tibet at high elevations can be intense so travellers should bring sun screen and sun-glasses and a sensible wide-brimmed hat.
China is teeming with people and a culture very different to that found in Western Europe. It is a land of many contrasts but travellers generally stay healthy and well if they follow standard common-sense healthcare advice.
Each traveller will require a consultation with regard to their specific trip itinerary and please bare in mind that this information only contains guidelines.