Agree with Sarah, best to visit your travel health professional to get to right advise.
Dengue, Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis, Cholera, Meningitis, Hepatitis, TB are just a few of the many illnesses that you may require vaccinations for in Vietnam, especially if your girlfriend plans on visiting rural areas. Some of these shots are required a month or so in advance so she has a lot of time ahead of her to get some advice and get her jabs. over 8 years ago
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends all travellers should be covered for, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Polio.
Tetanus and Diptheria require booster shots every 10 years.
Vaccination against Hepatitis A and B is also wise.
Dengue Fever poses a serious health risk everywhere in South East Asia – including urban centres. Hundreds of visitors return home every year after contracting the disease. There is no vaccine. You should take precautions to prevent insect bite.
Malaria is uncommon in urban areas, but is prevalent in rural areas.
The region is also a moderate to high risk zone for Tuberculosis, Typhoid, and Chikungunya, although cases among travellers are rare.
But that's just my research.... always check with your doctor about your specific circumstances.
Phil from the safety hub over 8 years ago
We were not asked to show our vaccination card when entering Vietnam in January. Nothing is required, but it's good to have the big ones that many people have mentioned. There are anti-malarial drugs as LisaF mentioned but our vaccination centre said they were only 70% effective and that we could still get malaria with them. Plus, there is no vaccination for dengue fever. So we decided to skip the malaria drugs and just be safe. We just finished 4 months in Asia and Africa, through many malaria zones, and so far, so good. Of course, you can get malaria up to 2 years after traveling to a malaria zone.
We are not fans of taking a lot of drugs and adding more chemicals to our body, so we just did the bare minimum. Vaccination centers will give you lots of information and might scare you into taking something you might not want or need, so do a little research as well and only take what you absolutely need over 8 years ago