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What vaccinations do I need for the Philippines?

Page last updated 17 April 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all travellers should be up to date with their routine vaccinations before heading off to the Philippines. These include vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, chicken pox, polio and influenza. These vaccinations are given as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP). 

Travellers to the Philippines who are aged 5 years or older should also ensure they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Most travellers 
There is an increased risk of contracting hepatitis A and typhoid in the Philippines, both of which can be contracted through contaminated food or water. 

Some travellers
Depending on the duration of your stay, where you are staying and what activities you have planned, the following vaccinations or preventative medication may be recommended for you by your doctor:

  • Hepatitis B 
  • Japanese encephalitis (particularly if you are visiting rural areas and/or spending a lot of time outdoors)
  • Malaria (preventative medication)
  • Rabies (can be found in dogs, bats and other mammals)
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Sources & Citations

5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Travelers’ health – Philippines. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/philippines [accessed 15 February 2022].

6. Australian Government Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule (NIP). Available at: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/immunisation-throughout-life/national-immunisation-program-schedule [accessed 14 February 2022].

MAT-AU-2200217  Date of preparation March 2022