Think about vaccinations for Vietnam. There may be some health risks.
There are certain health risks in Vietnam, similar to other Asian countries. Examples include jaundice, typhoid, malaria and rabies. However, if you follow basic rules for good health, vaccinations for Vietnam do not seem too important. In recent years typhoid or malaria have not been recorded as a high risk in Vietnam. Particular vaccinations for traveling to Vietnam are not officially required by the authorities -it is not mandatory.
Vietnamese cuisine and eating habits are different – buy probiotics.
What Vaccinations do I need for traveling to Vietnam? If you are going intoremote mountain areas and minority villages, think about a vaccination against jaundice (Hep A/B) and rabies. Check also that you have vaccinations for tetanus and typhoid. The guesthouses or hotels of standard quality are almost always clean. You will meet a lot of wandering dogs and other animals – be calm, they are not as dangerous as they sometimes seem.
Vietnam has modern health services but only in the large cities.
Vietnam has changed and modernized in recent years. It is not a problem finding modern hospitals, clinics and foreign doctors in big cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. But the situation is different in the smaller towns and villages in northern Vietnam, where there are limited health services.
Before taking any vaccine for Vietnam, consult a doctor!
In the hot season the risk of malaria increases. Therefore, use mosquito nets when sleeping and strong insect repellent (eg. those containing Deet) In the evening take clothes with long sleeves – it’s a good precaution against mosquito bites
Vaccination for Vietnam is not mandatory – but think about it.
You might come to Vietnam from another country where yellow fever is present. This is one case where you are required to be vaccinated against the disease. The vaccine must be administered at least 10 days before arrival in Vietnam and you have to prove it. It is strongly recommended getting suitable travel insurance as you never know what might happen.
The 3 biggest health threats in Vietnam:
– one of the most serious infectious diseases, there is no vaccination for malaria
– a parasitic disease transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito
– symptoms occur in about 2 weeks
– fever, joint pain, sweating, chills
– prevention – mosquito nets, repellents and insecticides, anti-malarial drugs prescribed by a doctor
– probably the greatest health threat in Vietnam
– it is not necessary to visit a doctor
– use probiotics if you want to avoid this (1-3 days prior to departure)
– probiotics can be used every day
– affects mainly people with health problems (stomach, diabetes, cancer, …)
– acute viral disease of the central nervous system, infects both animals and humans
– vaccination is necessary – without vaccination, the disease is fatal
– avoid wandering animals
Healthcare in Vietnam
Healthcare and sanitary conditions in hospitals are often not good . The only exceptions are the big cities in foreign clinics, like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. They have clinics with modern equipment that would look familiar to those from developed countries.
Medications in Vietnam can be bought anywhere without a prescription. Any medical procedure needs to be paid for. If it‘s an emergency life threatening situation doctors will treat you even if you do not have the money (I recommend always having some cash available). They will issue a medical certificate for your health insurance, keep hold of it.
What to watch out for in Vietnam:
• do not consume tap water, buy bottled water
• ice in drinks (which is inevitable )
• wash your hands, observe basic hygiene rules
• avoid wandering animals
• do not eat bad smelling food
• wash fruits and vegetables
What to do before departure to Vietnam:
• go to a doctor for a complete medical examination and visit your dentist
• arrange travel and health insurance with adequate benefits
• take an effective insect repellent (with DEET ingredient)
• do not forget any regular medication you need
• take an appropriate disinfectant, bandage, plaster for minor cuts and scrapes
• it is also a good idea to pack an electric insect repeller and hand disinfectant
Hospitals, phone numbers and contacts in Vietnam:
First-aid hotline: 115
International SOS: 24 hour emergency center and medical emergency teams
51 Xuan Dieu (behind Fraser Suites) Vietnam, Quảng An, Tây Hồ
Tel: (04) 39340555, (04) 340666
French hospital: 24-hour emergency clinic
No1 Phương Mai, Hanoi
tel: (04) 35 77 1100
Hanoi Family Medical Practice:
298 / Kim Ma Street, Van Phuc Compound
Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Tel: (04) 3843 0748
Saint Paul Municipal Hospital: 24-hour emergency
12 Chu Van An, Hanoi
Tel: (04) 84 37 231
Serenity International Dental Clinic Hanoi:
19 Nguyễn Trường Tộ, Nguyễn Trung Trực
Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Tel: (04) 3718 3666
Ho Chi Minh City:
Victoria International Healthcare Clinic:
79 Dien Bien Phu, Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (08) 3910 4545
Franco Vietnam Hospital:
6 Nguyen Luang Bang St, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (08) 5411 3333
Medical Diagnostic Centre:
254 Hoa Hao, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (08) 3834 9593
Westcoast International Dental Clinic:
27 Nguyen Trung Truc, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (08) 3825 6999