For vaccinations you should contact healthcare and medical professionals to ensure you get the most up-to-date information. We are not legally permitted to provide vaccination advice as we are not medical professionals. Past applicants have recommended that those with these queries could consult the UK NHS’s free online advice here.
*Below is some informal information based on our and our previous volunteers’ experience over the years. This should not be taken as authoritative and you should contact healthcare professionals before finalising your vaccination and insurance plans.
Before coming to China the UK’s NHS recommends that you are vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Polio, and Typhoid. Additional vaccinations for Rabies are recommended particularly for those going to rural areas that are far away from major hospitals—our placements do not normally fit into this category. Likewise the vaccination for Japanese Encephalitis, though not required, is recommended for anyone travelling in areas with paddy fields such as Yangshuo. In past years few volunteers have chosen the latter two vaccinations as they are quite expensive, but if you have the option to get them then do get them. Please consult with a medical professional once you know your location.
Malaria is extremely unlikely to be an issue as most locations in China are not in a Malaria zone. If you have travel plans to Southeast Asia you might consider taking Malaria medication with you from the UK or USA. Those joining us for programmes right on China’s border with South East Asian countries (such as programmes in Xishuangbanna) should seek the latest advice as sometimes anti-malarials are recommended there.
Please check out the NHS Fit for Travel website for more info.