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China Travel Health Keeping

Health concerns should not be ignored when travelling in China. Vaccinations and preventative medicine are important, and easy to plan in advance. While no vaccinations are required for a trip to China (except for Yellow Fever if you're arriving from an infected area), it is recommended that you see your physician and preferably a doctor at a travel medicine clinic at least 4-6 weeks before you are scheduled to depart, as this will vary on age, health and the country to which you are traveling. As with any new environment, your body takes time to adjust when you travel abroad. This applies to food and water as well as air in many places. In many countries there are still bacteria and parasites in the water that can lead to an upset stomach and diarrhea. Because of this, it is advisable to only use bottled or boiled water, or iodine tablets, for drinking, cooking and brushing your teeth.
No vaccinations are required, but anyone coming from areas with yellow fever epidemics must carry a certificate of immunity from this disease. There are some recommended vaccines and it's important that you take the necessary precautions and be up-to-date on your routine vaccines. Disease outbreaks such as SARS and Avian Flu have been concerns for China in the past few years. To understand more about these, and whether or not they are a threat to you during your trip to Asia, here are some good resources for travelers. For those traveling on business and intending to remain for more than a year, however, the HIV test is required. Anyone going to the south of the country in the summer is advised to bring anti-malarial medicine. In other cases, it is sufficient to carry a supply of one's habitual medications and never to drink tap water.

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