Hi im going to vietnam and cambodia in september of this year and was wondering what vaccinations i should get?
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, the others are routinely administered during childhood in most western nations (if you were not vaccinated as a child consult with a doctor).
Vaccination against Hepatitis A and B is also wise.
If you’re spending a lot of time in Cambodia and Vietnam, or visiting frequently, especially if you intend visiting rural regions, you should consider vaccination for Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis and maybe Rabies.
Malaria is common in Cambodia, but NOT at Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, or Lake Tonle Sap. South Vietnam is bad for Malaria. You need to weigh-up the pros and cons of taking anti-malarials. Some say the nightmares and other side-effects aren't worth it.
Dengue Fever is a big problem in Cambodia and Vietnam. There's no vaccine for it, the only thing you can do is cover up, use insect repellent and sleep under a mozzie net. Fortunately this also reduces our risk of getting Malaria too.
Phil from the safety hub over 5 years ago