Health Care in China

Vaccination Requirements

Currently there are no required immunizations for travel to China, but check with your local consulate to make sure this policy has not changed. Depending on how long you are staying in China and whether you will be spending your time in urban or rural areas, there are different
vaccinations that are recommended by travel health specialists.

Here are Some Common Health Tips While Traveling in China

Discuss your travel needs with a doctor that specializes in travel medicine. Universities often have travel clinics that provide a less expensive way of getting your vaccinations. The most useful vaccinations for China are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus/diptheria, Japanese encephalitis, and typhoid fever. Some doctors also recommend getting a rabies shot and taking malaria pills.

For up-to-the-minute information on vaccination requirements and disease information, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.


Most hospitals in China do not have English-speaking staff on hand, so if you are in need of medical attention, remember your phrase book or bring a Chinese friend along.

It’s easy to find hospitals online. Just use your favorite search engine and look for facilities in or near where you’re staying.

The US embassy provides this information, too:


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