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AtlantaBlue 07-13-2006 11:06 AM

shots needed for international travel?
Has anyone on the board visited China? If so, what shots did you take before going? I'm concerned if hepatitis shots are needed.

kehorner 07-14-2006 10:01 PM

Re: shots needed for international travel?
Check out the CDC's website: [url][/url]

You may need to contact a travel clinic with your specific plans to see what you need and what you don't really need. Especially with such a large country, it's hard to get that info without discussing your specific travel plans with somebody who is familiar with risks in various areas.

Podee 07-14-2006 10:25 PM

Re: shots needed for international travel?
HAV (Hep A) vaccination is not required but a good idea anyway. I also got HBV (Hep B) vaccination.

When I've traveled to Asia the main thing that seems to be rampant is the flu and bacterial colds. I got my first and really only bad cold while traveling through Asia when I was 21. So maybe, flu shots for the flu, and just staying healthy and washing your hands a lot for the colds.

NCGuy 07-15-2006 06:55 AM

Re: shots needed for international travel?
Hep A & B would be a good thing to get - if you havent had them already. If you're headed to more rural areas, a typhoid vaccination is a good idea. Also in rural areas, especially in the farming community the CDC reccomends getting the pre-exposure Rabies shots and a Japanese Encephalitis vaccination and malaria pills. You should also be up to date on your Tetanus-Diptheria and Measles vaccinations. If you have a Passport Health office near you, they are really good at giving you advice on what you need as well as having all the vaccinations there too.

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