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Old 07-13-2006, 10:06 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 07-14-2006, 09:01 PM   #2
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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.

Old 07-14-2006, 09:25 PM   #3
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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.

Old 07-15-2006, 05:55 AM   #4
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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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