Holiday vaccinations that are needed when travelling to Vietnam

Asian couple visiting a doctor for vaccination

There are always different precautions when travelling to a foreign country. Sometimes it is easy as you might have been to your destination before or it is close to what you are used to from home. But sometimes it is a whole new experience and you need a little bit more preparedness. This is the case when going to Vietnam as there are so many different things to know about regarding entry requirements, climate, food, culture and holiday vaccinations that are needed because of diseases you might not know from your country. To give you a short overview what to note about international travel vaccinations especially those you need for travelling to Vietnam, VIETNAM VISA ONLINE listed the most important vaccinations for you below.

These holiday vaccinations are a must if you want to enter Vietnam

Once your travel-plans are all set and you already applied for your visa, you need to make sure that the following holiday vaccinations are taken before getting started. First of all, there are some vaccinations that should be taken whether your travelling or not. Most of these vaccinations you will have taken as a child earlier on. Nevertheless, you should check on that in your vaccination certificate. Those vaccinations are:

  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Pertussis

If one of these vaccinations is not taken yet or not current anymore, you should make sure to get an injection to renew the protection. Just keep in mind that the vaccinations must be taken three months prior to your journey.

There are various institutes that deal with overseas vaccinations such as the ones you need for Vietnam. If your plans intend travelling to the big cities of Vietnam like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City or other touristic centers it is recommended to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is spread through consuming contaminated food and water or person to person through the fecal-oral route. Where personal hygiene and sanitation is poor, the risk is even higher. In Vietnam, you should not drink water from public places or the water pipe. Better buy drinking water from the local supermarkets to be a 100% sure your water is drinkable. When it comes to food, be careful with marketplaces that sell food on the street, especially meat. Other vaccinations to consider are Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Typhoid. As Hepatitis B is spread through infected blood or blood products, contaminated needles and medical instruments, there is a higher risk for people who need medical treatment during the travel. Rabies is spread through the saliva of an infected animal, usually through a bite, scratch, or lick on broken skin. In Vietnam there are a lot of stray dogs and cats, but you should be also aware of bat bites. Make sure to be vaccinated as this disease can end deadly. The Japanese Encephalitis is spread through mosquito bites. As it is difficult to stay away from mosquitos make sure to sleep under an impregnated mosquito net if possible and to always put on insect repellents. Like Hepatitis A, Typhoid is spread through the consumption of contaminated food and water. Therefore, note the recommendations of Hepatitis A.

For other diseases like Malaria and Dengue Fever, which are transmitted through mosquito bites, there is a risk of infection, too. While there are no vaccinations for both diseases, follow the recommendations that come with Japanese Encephalitis. Here, avoidance is key, even if this is quite difficult sometimes!

Now you know everything about holiday vaccinations

As you come thus far, reading the whole article about the vaccinations you need for Vietnam, you can now check on your international certificates of vaccination if there are any vaccinations left until your journey is getting started. In the meantime, you will find many other helpful information about travelling to Vietnam, for instance, how to apply for a visa or travel knowledge you should have about the country in general. You will also get information about various topics like the climate in Vietnam, what to do and what to see, the best time to travel Vietnam and so on. If there are still questions left about anything you need to know about Vietnam and the precautions, you need to take care of in advance, contact us. We are happy to help you out!

Created: 10/5/2020 | Modified: 6/20/2023

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