Travel vaccinations for Cambodia
You will need a range of vaccinations for Cambodia to protect against infectious diseases transferred by human contact, animal and insect bites, and contaminated food and water. There are plenty of preventable measures you can take, drinking bottled water for one, but this does not eliminate the risk of catching these diseases, some of which are incurable.
Speaking to a travel health professional will help you figure out your Cambodia travel vaccinations based on the type of travel you have planned and your health history – in terms of the immunisations you have received in the past.
Book your visit to a travel health clinic 6-8 weeks before you and get your injections for Cambodia so that you can enjoy all of the wonderful sights Cambodia has to offer stress-free.
What injections do I need for Cambodia?
MMR (Measles, mumps & rubella) & DTaP (Diphtheria, tetanus & polio)
You aren’t necessarily covered for the MMR and DTaP Cambodia vaccinations by the NHS. Even if you were immunised through the National Program, we advise still checking in with a travel health professional to see that everything is up-to-date. You may well need a tetanus booster and, because these vaccinations are strongly advised for all travellers, it pays to be thoroughly checked out.
Typhoid, hepatitis A and cholera
Cambodia is not quite as well-developed as neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam, and so, the conditions in which food is prepared can sometimes be unsanitary. Diseases like typhoid, hepatitis A and cholera are transferred through contaminated food and water.
We strongly recommend considering these as part of your jabs for Cambodia. The food is a huge part of experiencing the country so being able to enjoy this stress-free will be a welcome bonus to your holiday.
Hepatitis B may be appropriate for some travellers as an injection for Cambodia. Bodily fluids, particularly sexual fluids, and needles are responsible for transferring this to humans. Book in with one of our travel health professionals to get the right advice for your trip.
We strongly recommend that one of your Cambodia vaccinations is a rabies immunisation. According to the Khmer Times, there are approximately 5 million dogs with rabies in Cambodia. Rabies is a nasty, incurable disease that requires immediate medical attention. So, unless you are always near one of Cambodia’s major hospitals, it is best not to assume that you will be able to receive appropriate medical care for this kind of disease straight away. Prevention through immunisation is the best way to stay safe.
While pigs and birds often carry this infectious disease (due to poor water sanitation), it is mosquitoes who present a risk to humans through bites. You should speak to a travel health specialist about your trip to see if the Japanese Encephalitis should be one of your jabs for Cambodia.
Mosquitoes also have the potential to carry malaria and dengue fever, so it is essential that you protect yourself with an insect repellent, such as DEET 50%.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection have a good guide to help you keep yourself protected, complete with information on different types of repellent and application timings to ensure best coverage.
|Vaccination||All Travellers||Most Travellers||Some Travellers||Major Risk|
|MMR||Yes||Person-to-Person||Measles, mumps, rubella, Course of Two||£50|
|DTaP||Yes||Person-to-Person||Tetanus, Diptheria, polio, Single Dose||£40|
|Typhoid||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Typhoid, single dose||£50|
|Hepatitis A||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Hepatitis A, Single Dose||£60|
|Cholera||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Cholera, for course of 2||£35|
|Hepatitis B||Yes||Body Fluids, Medical Intervention||Hepatitis B, Course of Three||£65|
|Japanese Encephalitis||Yes||Mosquitoes||Japanese encephalitis, Course of Two||£90|
|Rabies||Yes||Infected Animals||Rabies, Course of Three||£65|
Advice for travellers to all destinations
The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.
Risk of malaria in Cambodia
Malaria is a viral illness spread by Mosquitoes that bite from dusk to dawn throughout the tropical world. It causes high fever and severe joint and muscle pains. In serious cases, malaria can be fatal. For more information, see Malaria.
Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellant such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
Yellow fever risk and certification requirements for Cambodia
Yellow Fever is a serious viral illness spread by mosquitoes in the tropical regions of Africa and South America. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Vaccination.
Under International Health Regulations (2005), travellers who have been to an Area affected by Yellow Fever, or who have travelled via an airport of a country affected, are required to present an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICVP) before they are allowed to enter Cambodia.
Additional travel health risks for Cambodia
In the neighbourhood, Southeast Asia
If you are travelling further afield throughout Southeast Asia make sure you check out the vaccination injections that you need for every country that you are going to.