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Asia Health Advice

Stay informed and be prepared

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With a surface area of 43 million km², Asia is the largest continent in the world. It isthus home to a wide range of climates, flora, fauna and people. Healthcare and vaccination precautions therefore differ from one country to another.

Which vaccines do you need to visit Asia?

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Whatever your destination in Asia, departing from Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport, you should be vaccinated against the following diseases:

  • Hepatitis B and A (also known an jaundice),
  • Measles (the MMR - mumps, measles and rubella - vaccine is highly recommended for children),
  • Rabies (rabies is rare, but deadly in all cases).


Japanese encephalitis vaccination is recommended if you are going to a rural area for over a month, especially in the monsoon period. This serious illness is spreading from India to Japan.

If you are travelling to Central Asia, Northern China or Japan, you should be vaccinated against tick-borne encephalitis.

For people travelling to Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, etc.), we recommend vaccination against typhoid fever and being up to date with Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) vaccination, which is mandatory in France. There is no yellow fever in Asia.

Preventing infectious and parasitic diseases in Asia

Typhoid fever vaccination does not provide 100% protection. You should therefore follow basic hygiene rules (wash your hands, wash food, only drink bottled water, etc.).

In some Asian countries, as in all developing countries, cholera is still present. You should therefore take basic hygiene precautions, and vaccination is highly recommended for healthcare professionals during epidemics. If, in spite of everything, travellers are exposed, they should take a preventive antibiotic such as doxycycline. Malaria is a very rare disease in Asia. If, however, symptoms develop, you should receive emergency treatment for the disease.

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