Get a full list of the vaccines you need for Malaysia, and learn about the risk of diseases and the best ways to protect yourself while away.

Vaccinations for
Malaysia

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.


01.Vaccine list

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. To create a personal assessment of your travel vaccination needs for Malaysia, book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses.

Most travellers

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival

Some travellers

Rabies

3 weeks before arrival*

Japanese encephalitis

2 weeks before arrival*

Typhoid

2 weeks before arrival

Hepatitis B

4 weeks before arrival*

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Cholera

2 weeks before arrival

02.Other health risks in Malaysia

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.

Malaria

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.

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Zika

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.

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Dengue

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.

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03.Precautions for 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.

Mosquitoes

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.

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Food and water

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.

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04.Useful contacts in Malaysia

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.

05.Checklist for your trip to Malaysia

  • Check if you need vaccinations Contact our prescribing nurses at least six to eight weeks before travel for advice on vaccinations for Malaysia

  • 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

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019

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