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

Vaccinations for
Philippines

As you are on your way to planning your trip to Philippines, it is a great time to inform yourself about the required vaccinations for Philippines and other health recommendations.


01.Vaccine list

Below is the official information about the required and/or highly recommended vaccinations for Philippines.

Factors to take into consideration when assessing your needs in terms of injections for Philippines are your holiday itinerary and your medical history. Book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses for a personal assessment.

Most travellers

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival

Typhoid

2 weeks before arrival

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Some travellers

Rabies

3 weeks before arrival*

Japanese encephalitis

2 weeks before arrival*

Hepatitis B

4 weeks before arrival*

Cholera

2 weeks before arrival

02.Other health risks in Philippines

In the Philippines, there is a presence of other diseases that cannot be prevented with a vaccine. Please read the following safety recommendations.

Malaria

There is a low risk of malaria present in the country all year round in areas below the altitude of 600 metres, but you can exclude most cities.

Areas that contain a low risk are the provinces of Apayo, Zambales and Mindóro Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte as well as the islands of Mindanao, Palawan and the Sulu Archipelago (Tawi Tawi).

In these areas the risk is not high enough for antimalarial tablets to be necessary, unless you plan on staying for a long time in rural areas or have a weakened immune system from a previous or current illness.

For everyone going to Philippines, malaria precautions are essential.

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Zika

There is a risk of zika virus in Philippines. As there is no specified zika risk map for the country, it is best to take precautions in avoiding mosquito bites throughout the day, throughout your visit.

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Dengue

There is a confirmed year-round risk of dengue throughout Philippines, with recent case reported in Central Visayas and Cebu Province. The risk is highest during the rainy season from May to November.

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03.Precautions for Philippines

It is important to take precautions during your stay in Philippines, 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 Philippines, 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 the Philippines 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 the Philippines 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 Philippines

This is a brief overview of important information and useful contacts that may help you while in Philippines.

The British Embassy Manila The British Embassy Manila can assist you, if you are in need for urgent help. You can call them on +63 2 858 2200.

Local emergency medical services Philippines has a national emergency hotline. For emergencies needing medical assistance, dial +63 2 911-1406 or +63 911.

Medical facilities and practitioners If you get ill while you are in Philippines and need to see a doctor, it is important that you are in possession of recommendations for a reputable medical facility. The British Embassy in Manila has prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Philippines.

05.Checklist for your trip to Philippines

  • Check if you need vaccinations Speak with one of our prescribing nurses at least six to eight weeks before travel for advice on vaccinations for Philippines

  • Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in Philippines, including DEET insect repellent

  • Yellow fever certificate Double-check if the yellow fever certificate is required upon entry in Philippines, as the requirements can change

  • Travel insurance If you become ill in Philippines and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave

  • Note useful contact numbers Make a list of contacts to take with you to Philippines, as these can be helpful in case of an emergency

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019

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