Vaccinations for China - Which vaccines do I need?

With over 129 million visitors a year, China is a hugely popular travel destination for tourists from all over the world. From iconic architectural sights such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City to bustling modern cities such as Beijing and Hong Kong, there is plenty to explore and experience.

Before you’re ready to travel along the ancient Silk Road or take a boat trip down the Yangtze River, you need to make sure you’ve got your health covered. Depending on where and when you are travelling, you may need to get vaccinated against diseases endemic to China. Our friendly Superdrug travel nurses are happy to assess your risk and help you decide which vaccines you need.

Malaria in China

Malaria is endemic to China and you need to take precautions to stay safe. If you are staying in urban areas only, you may not need to take antimalarials.

You will need malaria tablets if you are planning to visit the Yunnan Province. There is also a risk of malaria on the Hainan Island. In certain regions, including the Anhui, Ghuizhou, Henen, Hubei and Jiangsu Provinces, there is a limited risk of the less dangerous form of malaria. During river cruises on the Yangtze or the Yellow River, the malaria risk is currently rated as very low.

While you require antimalarials such as Lariam, Malarone or Doxycycline in the high risk regions, insect bite avoidance may be sufficient if you stay in low risk areas. Tell your travel nurse if you are planning to stay in a remote area, away from easy access to medical facilities. In high risk areas, it may be necessary to carry emergency malaria treatment in addition to taking a preventative treatment.

Medication Pack Size Price
Malaria Tablets Various From £25

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