China Travel Health Advice

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming into China from infected areas. There is a risk of malaria throughout the low-lying areas of the country, and it is recommended that travellers to China seek medical advice about malaria before departure. There is also a risk of dengue fever (also transmitted by mosquito), so travellers must take precautions against insect bites. Vaccinations are recommended against hepatitis A and B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, and rabies. Polio has resurfaced in areas of China, so travellers should be up to date on immunisations. A variant of hand, foot and mouth disease, an intestinal virus, has also been prevalent in certain rural areas, such as Jiangxi province, with children being at particular risk. There is no vaccination for the disease, but careful personal hygiene should keep visitors unaffected. Outside city centres, visitors should only drink bottled water. There is generally a high standard of health care in major Chinese cities, but it is not provided free of charge; travellers are advised to have comprehensive travel insurance.

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Dengue Fever, HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Japanese encephalitis, Malaria, Rabies, SARS

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