Many UK travellers visit China every year. However, before embarking on your trip, there are things to know concerning the recommended vaccines for China.
We highly encourage you to read the following list of injections for China, as well as the recommendations to stay safe during your trip.
Not all travel vaccinations for China may be necessary for you, as it depends on your own health as well as your travel itinerary.
Book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses to determine your needs.
There exists other health risks in China for which there are no vaccines. Nevertheless, to avoid being ill, it is important to be aware of these risks, so you can protect yourself in the best possible way.
Most of China is malaria risk free, as well as Macau and Hong Kong. A low risk is however present in the Hainan and Yunnan Provinces bordering Myanmar/Burma, including Dehong Dai and Jingpo, Baoshan, Lincang, Pu’er and Xishuangbanna Prefectures.
Tibet also presents a risk, especially in the county of Mêdog (Motuo) along the lower Yarlung Tsangpo (Zangbo) river and canyon.
Very low risk areas include the main tourist areas and cruises on the Yangtze river, Anhui, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei and Jiangsu.
Dengue is endemic in China, and the risk is highest from June to November.
Zones most affected are Aksai Chin, Fujian Sheng, Guangdong Sheng, Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu, Hainan Sheng, Hong Kong S.A.R., Macao S.A.R., Yunnan Sheng, Zhejiang Sheng. All travellers to these areas are at risk.
It is important to take precautions during your stay in China, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.
There is a risk of malaria and dengue fever in China, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.
Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites during your stay in the country, as they are the main cause of these infections.
All travellers going to China should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid and hepatitis A, which are both transmitted through contaminated food and water.
If you are visiting friends or relatives in China or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.
The following departments can assist you, if you are in need for urgent help while in China. You can call them on the regional numbers below.
British Consulate-General Chongqing +86 (0) 23 6369 1500
British Consulate-General Guangzhou +86 (0) 20 8314 3000
British Consulate-General Shanghai +86 (0) 21 3279 2000
British Consulate-General Wuhan +86 (0) 27 8270 3600
British Embassy Beijing +86 (0) 10 8529 6600
Local emergency medical services In case of a medical emergency during your trip in China, dial +86 120 for an ambulance. There may not be staff that speak English, so having your name and address written down will come in handy. Also, be prepared to pay in cash.
Medical facilities and practitioners In the case that you may get ill while in China, the British Government has prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in China. It is recommended to keep this list of reputable medical help close at hand.
Check if you need vaccinations Speak with one of our prescribing nurses at least six to eight weeks before travel to get advice on jabs for China
Yellow fever certificate Double-check if the yellow fever certificate is required upon entry in China, as the requirements can change
Mosquito protection Reduce your chance of mosquito bites while in China by making sure you have everything you need, including DEET insect repellent
Travel insurance If you become ill in China and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave
Tuberculosis prevention Tuberculosis is highly present in China. Check with your medical practitioner if a vaccine is recommended.
Note useful contact numbers Make a list of contacts to take with you to China in case of an emergency
Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019
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