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Health issues and the quality of medical facilities vary enormously depending on where you travel in Southeast Asia, but due to the climate and local standards of hygiene, the risks of illness are generally higher than in more developed parts of the world.

Recommended Vaccinations

Visit a specialized travel-medicine clinic to find out which vaccines are recommended for your trip. Some vaccines require multiple injections, so make sure you space out enough time before your departure. The only vaccine required by international regulations is for yellow fever.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following vaccinations for travelers to Southeast Asia:

  • Adult diphtheria and tetanus
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Typhoid
  • Varicella

The following immunizations are recommended for long-term travelers (more than one month) or those at special risk:

  • Japanese B Encephalitis
  • Meningitis
  • Rabies
  • Tuberculosis (TB)

Note that there is no vaccination for dengue fever; the best way to avoid infection is to take steps to avoid mosquito bites.

Health & Insurance

The risk of illness while traveling is always possible. With all of the extraordinary adventure found in Southeast Asia, health insurance is a must. Whether you’re scuba diving, rock-climbing, or even hiking, accidents can happen. Visit each country page to find more information on safety, tips, and health insurance.