Consider booking a travel consultation 6 or more weeks prior to traveling to allow adequate time to receive the appropriate vaccines and medications.
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Some people traveling to China should consider being vaccinated for the following:
Malaria –risk for malaria in some rural areas in China. There is not a risk for malaria in urban areas in China. Consider chemoprophylaxis if traveling to a malaria zone. Chemoprophylaxis consists of tablets or capsules to be taken daily before, during, and after your stay.
Japanese Encephalitis – the vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis is usually recommended for people planning to stay longer than one month, for those traveling to rural areas, or those spending a lot of time outdoors.
Yellow Fever – there is no risk for yellow fever in China. Vaccination is required for individuals arriving to China from a country that carries the risk for yellow fever.
Rabies – vaccination should be considered in travelers planning to work with animals, in those spending a long period of time in China, people going to rural areas, and for children as they are less likely to report that they have been bitten or scratched by an animal. Vaccination for rabies requires 3 injections followed by 1 booster if needed for future travel.
Polio – you may need a polio vaccine booster if you are traveling to the Xinjiang province, particularly if you are going to be working in a healthcare or human aid setting.