Malaysia is a popular destination for UK travellers. In preparing for your trip, remember that you may need to get vaccinations for Malaysia before entering the country.
You can find a list of vaccinations for Malaysia below. This list is based on official recommendations and is to be taken seriously.
Whether or not you need the following injections for Malaysia is based on a variety of factors and is best discussed with a medical professional.
Book an appointment online to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you require, book a free telephone consultation with one of our medical advisors, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.
Your vaccinations for Malaysia will protect you from the above illnesses, however throughout the country there are serious health risks to know about. You can read more about them below, so you can be best prepared and avoid falling ill.
The risk of malaria is present in Malaysia in the states of Kedah, Perak, Kelantan Pahang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.
The risk is present all year in the rural areas of Sabah. However, Kuala Lumpur and the cities and rural areas of Sarawak peninsular Malaysia and the Island of Pinang are risk free.
There is a risk of zika virus transmission in Malaysia. For this reason, it is recommended to take meticulous care in preventing mosquito bites no matter where in the country you choose to travel during this trip.
Dengue risk is prominent throughout the country, but the risk is highest in cities and surrounding suburbs and in the regions of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Johor.
The risk is at its highest during the late monsoon season from October to February in east peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, and Sarawak or from July to August in west peninsular Malaysia.
It is important to take precautions during your stay in Malaysia, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.
There is a risk of malaria, dengue fever and zika in Malaysia, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.
Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites, as they are the main cause of these infections during your stay in the country.
All travellers going to Malaysia should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid, cholera and hepatitis A, which are all transmitted through contaminated food and water.
If you are visiting friends or relatives in Malaysia or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.
Please note the following contacts as they may be useful while in Malaysia.
The British High Commission Kuala Lumpur The British High Commission Kuala Lumpur can assist you, if you are in need for urgent help. You can call them on +60 3 2170 2200.
Local emergency medical services For emergencies requiring medical assistance, dial +60 999 which will connect you to the ambulance.
Medical facilities and practitioners If you get ill while you are away, the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur has prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Malaysia.
Check if you need vaccinations Book an appointment at your local pharmacy at least 6 to 8 weeks before travel to get vaccinated
Yellow fever certificate Check the yellow fever certificate requirements upon entry in Malaysia, as they are subject to change
Travel insurance If you become ill in Malaysia and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave
Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in Malaysia, including DEET insect repellent
Note useful contact numbers Take useful contacts with you in case of an emergency during your stay in Malaysia
If you already know which vaccinations you need, you can book a vaccination appointment at your local pharmacy.
If you would like to discuss your specific requirements with a medical advisor, book a free telephone consultation. A Practio nurse will give an individual assessment of your needs and recommend a suitable vaccination programme.
Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
20 June 2019
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