What vaccinations do I need to travel to China?
All travellers should be up to date with their routine vaccinations before heading off to China. These include vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, chicken pox, polio and influenza. For a full list, refer to the National Immunisation Program available here.
Travellers to China who are aged 5 years or older should also ensure they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
There is an increased risk of contracting hepatitis A and typhoid in China, both of which can be contracted through contaminated food or water.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. People are exposed to the virus generally through food or drink contaminated with faeces (poo), however, close personal contact (e.g.
Depending on where you are staying and what activities you have planned, the following vaccinations may be recommended for you by your doctor:
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese encephalitis
Some medications may be useful to prevent other diseases, such as malaria.
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a viral infection of the brain spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Australia has been polio free since 2000. Due to a global effort to put an end to the disease, the number of globally reported polio cases has decreased by over 99% since 1988.
Australia is free of rabies, as the virus does not occur in land-dwelling Australian animals. Australia does, however, have other similar viruses, which are found in bats.
Sources & Citations
5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. China Traveller View. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/china [accessed 14 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].
7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Traveler’s Health, Chapter 10 – China. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2020/popular-itineraries/china [accessed 14 February 2022].
MAT-AU-2200216 Date of preparation March 2022Show All