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

Vaccinations for
Vietnam

Vietnam is an exciting destination, however you may be at risk of contracting infectious diseases. To prepare for your trip, you will find information below on vaccinations for Vietnam.


01.Vaccine list

The following list of vaccinations for Vietnam is an official recommendation. However, whether or not you need all the following injections for Vietnam will depend on the length of your trip as well as your medical history.

Book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.

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 Vietnam

There are other health risks throughout Vietnam for which there are no vaccinations. It is important to know about these risks before you leave, so you can prepare in the best possible way.

Malaria

There is a risk of malaria throughout Vietnam, excluding urban areas. Moreover, large cities are risk free, specifically Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, the Red River Delta and the coastal area north of Da Nang.

There is a low risk of malaria all year round in rural areas of Vietnam, the highest risk being in the central highland provinces in Binh Phuoc, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Gia Lai and Kon Tum, as well as in the provinces of Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Quang Nam and Quang Tri.

Anti-malarial tablets are not usually advised, however please note that some of these areas have multi-drug resistant malaria.

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Zika

Cases of the zika virus have been confirmed in Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City. To avoid any risks, you should practice consistent precautions to avoid mosquito bites, especially if you are pregnant.

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Dengue

The risk of dengue is present in the Khanh Hoa Province, throughout the Red River Delta and Mekong Delta and the coastal district and provincial capitals of central Vietnam.

The risk is present all year round, however it is at its highest during the rainy season from April to October in the north and from June to December in the south.

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03.Precautions for Vietnam

It is important to take precautions during your stay in Vietnam, 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 Vietnam, 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 Vietnam 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 Vietnam 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 Vietnam

Below is a list of useful services while in Vietnam.

British Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City The British Consulate can assist visitors throughout Vietnam at +84 (0)28 3825 1380.

British Embassy Hanoi If you are in Hanoi and need urgent help, the British Embassy can assist you. You can call them on +84 (0)24 3936 0500.

Local emergency medical services For emergencies needing medical assistance, dial +84 115.

Medical facilities and practitioners In the case that you need medical attention while in Vietnam, it is important to have the relevant information readily available to find reputable medical help quickly. The British Embassy Hanoi has prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Vietnam.

05.Checklist for your trip to Vietnam

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

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

  • Altitude illness With high altitude areas, there is a risk of altitude sickness. Ascend gradually with periods of adaptation

  • Travel insurance If you become ill in Vietnam 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 List important contacts to take with you in case of an emergency in Vietnam

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019

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