There is huge geographic and climactic variation from the cool far north to the tropical south, the mountainous west , and megacities in the east. Common destinations include the Forbidden City in Beijing, Teracotta Warriers in Xian, Yangtze river cruises, the Great Wall, ultramodern Shianghai, Guilin’s verticle limestone and Tibet via railway to high altitude.
The following information provides some broad and general guidelines about health risks and recommendations for travel to China.It should not be taken as a substitute for a personal consultation with one of our travel health doctors, whose advice will be specific for you and your trip and may include some things not mentioned here.
Most Common Health Issues
Travellers’ Diarrhoea, Giardia and Dysentery
Less common in 5 star city accommodation but elsewhere observe strict food and water safety precautions. Take a water filter and well stocked kit with guidelines for treatment.
Mainly a problem in the megacities with disastrous long-term effects for the local population. Asthma, eye irritation and increased risk of respiratory infections are the major issues for travellers. Carry inhalers if asthmatic. Flu and pneumonia vaccine as well as medication for self-treatment of respiratory infections are recommended for those susceptible.
Risk is very low in China, except those travelling to rural parts of the far southwest Yunnan province or to Hainan Island in the wet season. Our doctors will advise you as to whether malaria preventative medication is necessary or advisable. Mosquito bite avoidance is still important to prevent a number of other diseases.
Business travellers to China often put themselves at risk. Common sense is required. STD checks are available on return.
Sporadic cases occur, nearly always in locals who have direct contact with sick poultry. As a precaution, avoid live bird markets.
Only a problem if travelling to Tibet. See us to discuss preventive medication.
As well as being up to date for routine childhood vaccines such as tetanus, measles and Hep B, the following vaccines are often recommended – hep A, typhoid, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, cholera and influenza. Decisions regarding which are most appropriate depend on duration and nature of travel, itinerary, age and underlying medical conditions.