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About China Vaccinations
Most of China is mountainous or semi-desert, with only the southern most regions in the monsoon-dominated tropics. During summer, moist ocean air brings heavy rains to eastern China, although hot, humid, summer weather is more typical. In contrast, Siberian air masses dominate in winter and may even penetrate to the southern regions. Winters feature dry, clear days with low humidity and lower temperatures. During late winter and spring, strong north winds sweep across north China, and hazy days caused by dust storms are common. Beijing's spring is mostly dry, with frequent strong winds that stir up heavy dust storms. The weather turns hot and humid in July and August. Autumn is popular time with travellers, with many warm and pleasant clear days and little wind. Winter (Dec-Mar), is cold, dry, and windy, with only occasional light snow. China is still the world’s most populous nation and encompasses vast landscapes and millennia of history to provide an entertaining holiday for even the most avid of travellers. The varied districts also offer a number of business opportunities. The information below is intended to make sure you get the correct injections, vaccinations and advice for China.
Travel Health Alerts
Vaccine Preventable Diseases
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers aged 9 months or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. This requirement does not apply to travellers whose itineraries are limited to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and Macao SAR.
No certificate required for direct travel from Australia or New Zealand.
Travelvax has doctors who are yellow fever vaccination-accredited. Click here to learn more about Yellow Fever.
Moderate risk for most travellers. Vaccination recommended for travel to smaller cities, villages and rural areas outside usual tourist routes. Some medical conditions pre-dispose to infection; whether vaccinations would be recommended should be discussed with a medical practitioner. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk. To learn more about Typhoid and the available vaccinations, click here.
Disease present. Recommendation for vaccination will depend on specific itinerary and activities planned. Generally rabies vaccination is advised for high risk individuals such as veterinarians or animal handlers, cavers. Additionally for higher risk travellers who plan: extended periods outdoors, rural travel, adventurous activities including bicycling; also expats or long-term travellers to endemic regions and children (risk of more severe or risk-prone bites and may not report contact at all). Click here to learn more about rabies.
Disease present. Seasonal risk will vary by country. Whether vaccinations will be recommended will depend on itinerary, length of stay, type of travel etc and needs to be discussed with a medical practitioner. Risk is highest around pig farms and in agricultural areas. Mosquito avoidance measures are highly recommended all year round. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk, particularly if travelling during the wet season. Click here to learn more about Japanese Encephalitis.
No risk to travellers.
Following the detection of vaccine-derived poliovirus in 2019, China remains vulnerable to re-infection. It is recommended to ensure polio vaccinations are up to date or speak with your travel health provider about whether polio vaccination is advised for your itinerary.
Vaccine is available in Australia - medical practitioners must apply through the special access scheme of the TGA. Recommended for high risk travellers: long-term residents, stays in rural and forested areas, campers and hikers, consuming unpasteurised dairy products. The disease is most active from April through August. To learn more about Tickborne Encephalitis, click here.
Low risk to travellers.
Disease is present, however the risk is low for the majority of travellers. Peace corp, volunteers, refugee workers etc need to consider vaccination. All travellers should take food and water precautions. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk. Learn more about Cholera and available vaccinations here.
Diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika may be present. Seasonal risk will vary by country. Whether preventive measures will be recommended will depend on itinerary, length of stay, type of travel etc. and needs to be discussed with a medical practitioner. For those countries with disease present, risk is highest in urban and semi-urban areas, but may also occur in rural areas; insect avoidance measures are highly recommended all year round. Travelvax believes that the best defence is to understand their habits, dress properly and use an effective insect repellent in the correct manner. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk.
In order to check before and during travel for any high-risk areas visit the Smartraveller website. Avoid unnecessary displays of wealth or valuables and minimise the amounts of cash carried. Keep secure records of passport/credit card/licence numbers. For more safety tips visit: www.smartraveller.gov.au.
Limited medical facilities available. Unless travelling with a well-equipped organisation, a high level of self-sufficiency in terms of first aid kits and sterile equipment is recommended. An evacuation contingency should be a part of your travel insurance. Check for any contacts supplied by your emergency assistance organisation (nominated by your travel insurer) or with IAMAT (International Association of Medical Assistance for Travellers).