Travel Vaccinations for Vietnam

The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Vietnam

Recommended Vaccinations for Vietnam at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies

Vaccination Major Risk Factors Course Price
MMR Person-to-Person Course of Two £60
DTaP Person-to-Person Single Dose £50
Typhoid Person-to-Person Single Dose £50
Hepatitis A Person-to-Person Single Dose £86
Cholera Person-to-Person Course of Two £47.50
Hepatitis B Person-to-Person Course of Three £66
Japanese Encephalitis Person-to-Person Course of Two £151
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of Three - intramuscular £66

Vietnam is a largely Buddhist country and under communist rule. Due to the numerous Chinese attempts at invasion, the Chinese influence can be seen throughout Vietnam. Grab your bicycle and explore Vietnam – but don’t forget your all-important jabs before heading off.

There is No Risk of Yellow Fever in Vietnam

Keep up-to-date with the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) before travelling.

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.

All Travellers

All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

Most Travellers

Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.

Some Travellers

Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.

Risk of Malaria in Vietnam

Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.

Malaria is considered a risk in the southern provinces of Vietnam including Dac Lac, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Lam Dong and Tay Ninh as well as in all rural areas in the country. There is a low risk in the Mekong River delta region. There is no risk of Malaria in the major cities of Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) and Hanoi or in the Red River Delta area and the costal regions north of Nha Trang.

Malaria Prevention

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 Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.

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Further Travel Health Advice for Vietnam

In Vietnam, there are different weather patterns depending on the area you travel to. You could face warm and dry, cool and dry or hot an wet and anything in between. Check the weather for the period you are travelling, as you will need to pack adequately and take reasonable precautions to avoid sunburn and heatstroke.

All over Vietnam you can get dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis from insects and bugs.There has recently been an increase in the incidences of reports of Dengue Fever throughout Vietnam. Take steps to avoid insect bites including wearing insect repellent such as DEET 50% and covering areas of exposed skin with long sleeves and trousers.

Street dogs, cats, bats and rodents are common throughout the cities and rural areas of Vietnam. If you get bitten or scratched by an animal you will need to get urgent medical attention. Animal bites expose you to a range of infections including rabies.

Between May to November tropical cyclones can affect the eastern costal areas of Vietnam. Follow local advice and evacuation orders should you get caught in a storm.

Parts of Vietnam are higher than 2500m, so depending on where you go, altitude sickness could be a problem. You can obtain altitude sickness medication and practice appropriate acclimatisation and gradual ascents to counter altitude sickness. Don’t forget, its not just your climbing altitude but your sleeping altitude as well that must be considered.

Fresh and delicious food is abundant in Vietnam however beware of contaminated food from street vendors. There have been reports of a number of deaths due to people drinking wine with high levels of methanol. Avoid any wines without a recognised brand name or if you suspect that it may have been tampered with.

It is generally not recommended that you drink the tap water in Vietnam. Buy bottled water and use this for drinking and brushing your teeth. Some of the most common bottled water brands in the Vietnam are Aquafina, Vinh Hao and La Vie.

Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while you are in Vietnam.

Petty crime such as bag snatching and pick pocketing is high in Vietnam, especially the big cities. Make sure you know the price of food before eating and always have a back up plan for returning to your abode should your tour vehicle ‘break down’.

Travellers to Vietnam can be exposed to the risk of Travellers Diarrhoea. Use alcohol gel, wash your hands regularly and monitor what you are putting in your mouth.

There is still a risk of Zika virus in Vietnam. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, it’s advisable to speak to a travel health specialist who can let you know the most up to date information as there is no vaccination available for this.