If you are due to be travelling to China, whether for business or pleasure, you will need to check out what travel vaccines are recommended, and which ones you need to have in order to ensure that you are immune to any of the diseases you could be exposed to.
You can have both an assessment consultation for China and a course China travel vaccines administered here at the walk-in travel clinic at Broadgate GP London Wall. Our doctors will be able to advise and administer all the vaccinations for China you’ll need.
The first thing that should be done as a matter of course if travelling to China is to confirm that the primary courses and boosters for living here in the UK are all up to date. The same thing applies with regard to any vaccines needed to immunise you against occupational risks of exposure, lifestyle risks, and any underlying medical conditions that you may have.
These are all things that one of our specialist doctors here at Broadgate GP can go through with you when you pop in for a consultation. Some of the vaccinations for China you’ll need include:
With regard to Yellow Fever, it should be noted that any travellers over the age of nine months, who are arriving from countries where there is a risk of Yellow Fever transmission and all travellers who have travelled via airports in countries where there is a risk of Yellow Fever; will need to show the Chinese authorities a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. You can have a Yellow Fever vaccination for China carried out at Broadgate GP.
As with many Asian countries, China carries the risk of Malaria which is transmitted through disease carrying mosquitoes in certain parts of the country. Risk of Dengue Fever in China our doctor will obtain the area to the area you are travelling to to ensure you’re fully protected. Unfortunately, there are no travel vaccines that grant immunity against malaria at the moment.
Depending on the level of risk where you will be staying, the length of your stay, and what you will be doing during your stay, you should safeguard yourself against the risk of being bitten by disease carrying mosquitoes by wearing clothing with long sleeves and long trousers. You should also apply an appropriate insect repellent to any areas of exposed skin. If you will be travelling in areas where the risk of Malaria is high, you should be given anti-malarial tablets to take with you.
Dengue fever is another mosquito borne disease that you could be exposed to in China. As with Malaria there are no travel vaccines against Dengue Fever; nor are there any preventative tablets. It is therefore important to take all precautions necessary against mosquito bites in areas of risk.
Schistosomiasis is a parasitic infection. It is also known as Bilharzia. This disease is transmitted by parasites which burrow into human skin. These parasites are found in fresh water lakes and streams. Once the parasites enter the skin, they grow into worms between 5 and 20mm long. These worms live in the veins in an around the bladder and the bowel, where they can live anywhere from 2 to 8 years.
This disease often goes undiagnosed until it has done damage to the bladder, the bowel, the genital tract, the kidneys, and the liver. Once diagnosed, Schistosomiasis is treated with an oral medication called Praziquantel. The best way of avoiding the disease is not to bathe, paddle or swim, in fresh water lakes and streams.
To be on the safe side, you should make sure that there is sufficient time to establish your immunity to any of the diseases you may be exposed to, and where necessary, have any travel vaccines that are needed administered. You can do this by calling in at the travel clinic, approximately 6 to 8 weeks before your travel date. This will allow sufficient time to administer any travel vaccinations (bearing in mind that some courses of vaccinations may be needed) including time for them fully to immunise, you thus offering complete protection.
For more details about Chinese travel vaccines, or call in for a chat with one of our doctors here at the clinic in central London. We offer both appointments and a walk-in service. We can advise and administer all of the necessary vaccines needed for travelling to China.