There are no vaccinations that are required for a trip to China unless you are coming from a country that has a high risk of yellow fever. That said, it is a good idea to be up-to-date for your vaccination shots and immunizations before your journey to China. See your local doctor or physician to determine which of the following vaccinations is right for you.
Recommended Vaccinations for China
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that you be current on all your routine vaccinations. In addition to these, the following vaccinations are recommended for travelers to China:
- Hepatitis A – available for all travelers to China older than 12 months
- Hepatitis B – available for anyone older than 5 years. According to the CDC, China has a high risk for this disease.
- Typhoid – mostly for those who are traveling to rural areas or small cities in the countryside. Also good if you plan to try food that isn’t prepared in a nicer restaurant.
- Rabies – recommended for those who might find themselves camping or hiking in the China backwoods.
Certain areas of China involve a higher risk of disease, so if you will be traveling to one of the following locations, please consider asking your doctor for their recommendations on the following:
- Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – Bird Flu and Polio
- Any Part of Rural China – Malaria, Typhoid, and Japanese encephalitis
Final Tips and Links
Always refer to a qualified physician before making any decisions about vaccinations. If you need help finding a place to provide the appropriate shots, check out the CDC’s Find a Clinic site. Vaccinations can be costly, so make sure you have room in your travel budget – the cost to prevent these diseases is always cheaper than to cure them!