Travel Forums General Talk Injections

1. Posted by nicdavid (Respected Member 49 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Does anyone know of a good website which has information on what injections you need for each country. I'm after one that is updated regularly. My boyfriend and I are off to see the nurse soon and have been told it'd be good if we did a bit of research ourselves before the visit.

Just in case this helps ee're going to China (Beijing, Shanghai, Xi-an, Hong Kong) in November for 1 week, East coast of Oz for 4-5 months, all over NZ for 2-3 months and S.America (Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil) for 2 months.

Thanking you in advance!


2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Personally, I use the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) website often. Here are the links for the countries you will be visiting:

Vaccinations - East Asia
Malaria by Region (East Asia)

Australia/New Zealand
Vaccinations - OZ/NZ

  • Malaria prophylaxis and typhoid vaccinations are not needed nor required

South Amercia
Boliva, Brazil & Peru
Malaria by Region

Malaria by Region


Definitely get the Hep A&B vaccinations. (Mainly for traveling in Asia and S. America.)
Hepatitis A is transmitted through contimated food. If you decide to try street vendor food, it's best to be safe.
Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood and bodily fluids. Again, it best to be protected in case you need to seek medical attention outside of a major city.

Though typhoid and yellow fever are not needed for OZ/NZ, I would recommend getting the vaccinations as they will protect you in China and S. America. Rabies, unless you will be working with wildlife or spending much of your trip in wilderness areas, is not necessary. (Don't pet the skunks or monkeys.)

I also recommend using chloroquine or doxycycline as the anti-malarials. Larium does have a much higher incidence rate for side effects - including nightmares and hallucinations in some people. Malarone is one of the most effective, but also quite expensive. Chlroquine should be very effective considering your destinations.

Hope this helps! ;)

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3. Posted by nicdavid (Respected Member 49 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Wow! Thank you, that's just the kind of thing I was hoping for.

Thank you for your help!


4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey Nic!

I'm glad the info was helpful. ;)

I have learned a lot of things being on this site, and one of them is how the travel clinics in other countries tend to work. Basically, they recommend getting every possible vaccination and prophylaxis suggested for a particular area. Doing a bit of your own research (as you are) is great. It allows you to be informed and have input in your own health care.

With the Hep A&B, they are a series of injections over 6 months to finally acheive the fullest possible immunity. But, you can start them before leaving and finsh up when you return. Having some immunity built up is better than none at all.

Anyway, have fun on your trip!!

5. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

you have got some good advice -can i just add when getting the injections make sure the seringes are from a sealed package and check yourself that the needles are not out of date. not all countries are correct.