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Required and Recommended Vaccinations for China Travel

What Shots Are Needed for Visiting China


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Travel to China is different from living in China. If you are moving to China for longer than three months, you’ll want to visit a physician to find out what is recommended for living in the area to which you’ll be moving.
  • Routine immunizations should be up to date. These include
    • Tetanus-diphtheria (DPT)
    • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
    • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Hepatitis A is recommended for all travelers over 12 months of age to China.
  • Typhoid is recommended especially if you’ll be in rural areas where you may eat or drink outside large restaurants and hotels where you may come in contact with contaminated water or food.
  • Yellow Fever is required by Chinese law only if you are arriving from an infected area such as Africa.
  • Japanese Encephalitis is recommended for longer-term travelers, especially children, who are susceptible to mosquito bites and will be outdoors during mosquito season (which can last from May to November in southern China).
  • Hepatitis B is also recommended for longer term visitors/residents as it is very common throughout China.
  • Rabies is recommended for any traveler who may come in contact with or handle animals, especially dogs. Rabies is common in China while the vaccination is not.

This is a collection of information that can be found on the Center for Disease Control and MD Travel Health specifically for China.

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