If you plan to have your internship in Vietnam, you might think it’s enough as long as your passport, visa, flight tickets, and other documents are prepared.
However, you can’t leave out your physical condition. Aside from medicine and vitamins, you might need to get vaccinations depending on your health status, your travel plans, and which country you’re coming from.
The following vaccinations for Vietnam are not always necessary, but they’re recommended especially for certain groups that are at risk. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations:
You can catch this virus through food and water. Vietnam is indeed famous for its local food. Keep in mind that hygiene standards for street stalls and restaurants can vary and this disease generally occurs from time to time in Vietnam. The vaccine is recommended for most people who want to visit Vietnam. Most vaccinations come in two doses given six months apart and provide cover for around 25 years for most people.
People can catch hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and direct contact with blood or open wounds. The vaccine is usually given in 2 or 3 doses. It is recommended to get this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner or plan to get a piercing or tattoo when you are in Vietnam.
Unlike most other infections, tetanus enters the body through breaks in the skin. This often happens because of cuts or wounds made by contaminated objects. This vaccine is recommended to take if your work is related to the kitchen area, the chemical industry, or the health sector. Teens and preteens should receive a booster dose of this vaccine and adults should get a booster vaccination every 10 years.
You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Vietnam. This vaccine is recommended if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater. Jab lasts 3 years and oral vaccines can last up to 5 years.
This vaccine is recommended if you plan to stay for more than a month, depending on where you are going to Vietnam and what time of year you are traveling. This disease occurs from time to time in Vietnam, with the highest number of cases reported in northern Vietnam including north of Hanoi and border regions with China. This disease spreads through mosquito bites and the vaccine is usually given two doses 28 days apart.
Vietnam is considered as a high-risk country for this disease. It’s recommended to get this vaccine if your activities involve outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put you at risk for animal bites or if you plan to stay long-term. You should receive your first pre-exposure rabies vaccine at least 28 days before your departure and two booster doses are required within 28 days of the first dose.
Malaria and Dengue Fever happened in Vietnam throughout the year, especially in the South area. Mosquitoes carrying malaria and dengue fever love the wet climate, so be careful if you have any outdoor activities in mind. There are no vaccinations available for dengue fever but you can take antimalarials before your departure. To minimize, you can wear long trousers and socks, sleep under a mosquito net, and use a repellent.
There are a few options where you can get your vaccination. First, if you have a doctor who you see regularly, you can schedule an appointment to talk about which vaccine you might need. Other options are to go and check the local pharmacies, health centers, travel clinics, or State and local health departments.