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Exploring Asia? Make Sure You Take These Essential Vaccinations!

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access_time April 25, 2017 chat_bubble_outline 0 comments 312 views

When travelling through various climatic conditions and countries, people often face health issues, some of which they wouldn’t find at home. So even when you think you’re fine, make sure you do a regular health check-up and ask your travel health expert about each country’s immunisation needs before you finalise your plans. Swati Kapoor gives us a round-up of the essential vaccinations required when you’re travelling around the world!

make sure you do a regular health check-up and ask your travel health expert about each country’s immunisation needs before you finalise your plans

Make sure you do a regular health check-up and get vaccinated before finalising your travel plans

As stated by the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should ideally schedule an immunisation appointment with your travel doctor at least six weeks before the international trip. The need for immunisation shots depends on several factors, including your age, vaccination history, length of travel abroad, and current health status. The travel vaccinations can be divided into three categories: routine, recommended and required.

Here’s a list of the most popular holiday destinations, with the common health threats and specific immunisation required for foreign travellers:

1. Thailand

 Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of contracting the Zika virus

Get travel vaccines well in advance because there is a risk of contracting the Zika virus in Thailand

The Zika virus is a potential threat in Thailand and the country is currently categorised as a high-health-risk location. Pregnant women are advised not to travel to Thailand as the Zika infection can cause serious birth defects in the newborn. In certain parts of Thailand, Cholera and Malaria also pose a risk and other recommended vaccines include those combating Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Be sure to consult your doctor and inform them about the areas you’re visiting in Thailand before finalising your holiday plans.

Fact File Of Thailand

Location: Southeast Asia
Official Language: Thai
Currency: Baht
Food & Drink: Pad Thai, Khao Pad, Gaeng Daeng
Time zone: UTC+07:00

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2. Indonesia

Courses or boosters usually advised against Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Poliomyelitis in Indonesia

Courses or boosters are usually advised against Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Poliomyelitis in Indonesia

Similar to Thailand, Indonesia is included in the high-risk zone when it comes to the Zika virus. The routine vaccines advised are the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine, Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis vaccine, Polio vaccine, along with the yearly flu shot. Hepatitis A and Typhoid are other potential threats in this location. Some travellers may also be advised to take the Malaria and Japanese Encephalitis vaccines, depending upon the area being visited.

Fact File Of Indonesia

Location: Indonesia, Asia
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia (official Indonesian), Balinese, English
Time difference: (UTC+8)
Currency: The Indonesian Rupiah (IDR or Rp.)
Food: Betutu with Nasi Campur, Gado Gado, Babi Guling

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3. Vietnam

Take vaccinations to avoid typhoid through contaminated food or water in Vietnam

Take vaccinations to avoid typhoid through contaminated food or water in Vietnam

The regular courses or boosters are advised for protection against Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, and Typhoid when visiting Vietnam. The country experiences high rainfall and, therefore, water- and food-borne diseases are extremely common here. It is advised to choose healthier options when eating out and consider vaccines that fight Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, and Rabies, after consulting with your travel doctor.

Fact File Of Vietnam

Location: Vietnam, Asia
Official Language:
Vietnamese
Currency:
Vietnamese dong
Food & Drinks:
Pho, Nem, Banh Chung, green tea, rice wine
Time zone:
UTC+07:00

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4. Cambodia

Avoid tap water in Cambodia so as to not contract Malaria, Typhoid, etc

Avoid tap water in Cambodia so as to not contract Malaria, Typhoid, etc

Cambodia’s tropical climate makes Influenza, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A and B most common diseases when it comes to travellers. For some itineraries, you may be recommended a shot to protect you against Japanese Encephalitis, especially if you plan to stay for more than a month and visit the rural areas of the country. The routine vaccinations advised before you take a trip to Cambodia are the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine, Varicella vaccine, Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis vaccine, and the Polio vaccine, along with the yearly flu shot.

Fact File Of Cambodia

Location: Cambodia, Asia
Official Language: Khmer
Currency: Cambodian riel
Food & Drinks: Try the Cambodian rice and noodles, accompanied by beer and tarantula cocktail
Time zone: UTC+07:00

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5. India

Beforetravelling to India, make sure that you are up-to-date with your routine vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles

Before travelling to India, make sure that you are up-to-date with your routine vaccinations including Tetanus and Polio

Since India is a big country with diverse climatic conditions, the immunisation vaccinations required depend largely on your itinerary. Those visiting the country are suggested to take the routine vaccines, including the yearly flu shots and booster doses, along with vaccines that protect against Cholera, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, and Malaria (there are no anti-Malaria vaccines available here). India has successfully eliminated Yellow Fever. So, if you’re coming from a place that has this infection, the Indian government will require you to submit proof that you have taken the Yellow Fever vaccine.

Fact File  Of India

Location: India, South Asia
Official Language:
Hindi, English
Currency: Indian Rupee
Food & Drinks:
Dal, Roti, steamed rice, vegetable broth, tea,coffee
Time zone:
IST (UTC +5:30)

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6. China

Travelers to Shanghai and Beijing, China are recommended to get immuinised against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B

Travelers to Shanghai and Beijing, China are recommended to get immuinised against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B

Shanghai and Beijing are two of the world’s largest cities, with people from different nationalities staying there, which makes travellers susceptible to a number of diseases. Immunisations for Influenza, Tetanus, Pneumonia, Measles-Mumps-Rubella and Varicella are advised before travelling to China. In addition to these, vaccinations to combat Hepatitis A and B, Polio, and Japanese Encephalitis may also be required if you’re planning to stay for more than a month and travelling to the country’s rural areas.

Fact File Of China

Location: India, South Asia
Official Language: Chinese Mandarin
Currency: Renminbi
Food & Drinks: Dal, Roti, steamed rice, vegetable broth, tea,coffee
Time zone: (UTC+8)

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It is advisable to consult your travel doctor regarding the specific vaccinations required and lock-in your prevention schedule at least four to six weeks before travel. Do keep in mind that the above-mentioned immunisations are general recommendations; please ask your medical practitioner for advice to understand the underlying health effects based on your individual body requirements.

Author Bio

Swati Kapooor

Swati Kapooor

Swati Kapoor is a qualified dietitian at Practo. She has a Masters degree in Dietetics and Food Service Management. She is a strong believer in spreading the goodness of ‘nutrition through healthy eating’. As a responsible dietitian Swati examines her patients’ health history carefully before recommending any diet or workout regimen, because everybody has different requirements.

 

 

 

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