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  • Vaccinations recommended, but not required, by CDC.
  • Commonly visited areas: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Halong Bay, Hue, and Da Nang.
  • Recommended vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio (Booster), Tetanus (Booster).
  • Malaria Protection: Malarone or doxycycline.

QuestionVietnam commonly asked questions

Which locations are most frequently visited by New Yorkers?

Some of the most common travel destinations for New Yorkers in Vietnam include: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Halong Bay, Huế, and Da Nang.

What vaccinations are recommended for those traveling to these destinations?

The CDC strongly recommends four vaccinations for travelers planning on visiting these areas of Vietnam: Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio (Booster), Tetanus (Booster).

Two of these vaccinations are specifically designated for travelers visiting Vietnam:

Hepatitis A
  • The CDC defines Vietnam as a location with low prevalence of Hepatitis A.
  • Travelers can be exposed to Hepatitis A via food and/or water.
  • The vaccination process for Hepatitis A involves two shots with an approximately six month waiting period between each other.
  • Once both shots are administered, the patient is permanently immune to Hepatitis A.
Typhoid
  • The CDC highly recommends typhoid vaccinations for all unvaccinated people traveling to Vietnam and other parts of Southeast Asia.
  • Travelers can be exposed to typhoid via food and/or water.
  • A Typhoid booster shot must be administered every two years.

Hepatitis A and Typhoid are strongly recommended for Vietnam. But, there are two other vaccinations that travelers going abroad are recommended to receive:

Polio
  • Everybody receives 4 mandatory Polio shots. However, after the age of 21, an additional booster shot is required. After this last booster shot, the traveler is permanently immune.
  • The CDC strongly recommends that travelers receive their last booster shot before departure.
Tetanus
  • All children receive mandatory Tetanus shots. However, travelers cannot become permanently immune to the disease. Therefore, additional booster shots are required every ten years.
  • The CDC strongly recommends that travelers be up to date with their most recent Tetanus booster shot.

Is it illegal to visit Vietnam without these vaccinations?

No, these vaccinations are not legally required. However, the CDC highly recommends them for the safety and well-being of all visitors to Vietnam.

What about Yellow Fever? Will I need a Yellow Fever vaccination before visiting Vietnam?

Yellow Fever is not a disease risk in Vietnam. In addition, the United States is not an “at risk” country for Yellow Fever. Therefore, American travelers to Vietnam are not legally required to have a Yellow Fever vaccination. However, if travelers have already visited an “at risk” country for Yellow Fever, they will need a vaccination and the proper medical documentation. This is required by law. The Yellow Fever vaccination is vital not just for the safety and well-being of the visitor, but also to prevent them from accidentally spreading Yellow Fever to Vietnam.

Suppose I decide to visit other areas of Vietnam. Will other vaccinations be required?

While not legally required, another medical consultation to assess the need for additional vaccinations is strongly recommended. Discuss all possible destinations with your doctor before departure.

Could I have already received some of these vaccinations in the past?

Yes, it is possible that visitors may have already received some of the recommended vaccinations for visiting Vietnam. Young children are given Tetanus and Polio vaccinations. However, Tetanus booster shots are still required every ten years and an additional Polio booster shot is required for visitors over the age of 21.

The vaccinations for Typhoid and Hepatitis A are only given to those visitors traveling abroad. They are not automatically administered to children.

What if I am not able to remember which vaccinations I have received? Is it dangerous to get a vaccination more than once?

If a traveler cannot remember if they have previously received certain vaccinations or lack the necessary medical documentation, the CDC still highly recommended to get another round of booster shots. And no, there is no medical risk in receiving a vaccination more than once.

Will I need protection from Malaria in Vietnam?

Yes, travelers to Vietnam will need malarial protection. While the CDC declares that the risk of being exposed to malaria in Vietnam is low for US travelers, it is still possible, particularly for those visiting the Mekong Delta.

What Malarial protection is available for travelers going to Vietnam?

The two most common anti-malarial medications covered by insurance are Malarone and doxycycline. Both medications are designed to be taken daily and are extremely effective for combating Malaria. However, only one medicine will be prescribed to a traveler based on the length of their stay in Vietnam. Uninsured travelers are frequently prescribed doxycycline because it is more affordable.

What other additional medications, prescriptions, or health preparations will I need in Vietnam?

Along with vaccinations and anti-malaria drugs, it is highly recommended that visitors bring the following: insect repellent, clothing designed to prevent mosquito bites, Imodium (or another type of diarrhea medication), iodine tablets, portable water filters, sunblock, antibacterial hand wipes, alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol), aspirin, ibuprofen, and any other prescribed medications.

How early should I receive my vaccinations before leaving for Vietnam?

Ideally, travelers to Vietnam should seek immunization 4-6 weeks before departure.

What can I expect during my travel health consultation?

During your travel health consultation, a doctor will review your immunization records and give you recommendations over which vaccinations you will need for your trip. It is highly recommended that travelers have an itinerary or list of possible destinations on hand when they attend the consultation. These health consultations are designed to help you, so please feel free to discuss whatever medical concerns or needs you might have.

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