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Health Information for Asia
With over 43 million sq. km, Asia is the largest of the world's continents. Within Asia, there are a wide variety of climates, plants, animals, and populations. Therefore, Health and Vaccination precautions will vary from country to country.
WHICH VACCINES TO GET IF YOU ARE TRAVELING TO ASIA?
- Regardless of where in Asian you are traveling to from Lyon (Saint Exupéry), it is recommended that you get vaccinated for the following diseases :
- Hepatitis B and A (also known as jaundice) ;
- Measles (in France, the MMR-Measles, Mumps, and Rubella-is strongly recommended for children) ;
- Rabies (rabies is rare, but deadly in 100% of cases).
Vaccination for Japanese encephalitis is definitely advised if you are traveling for longer than a month in rural areas, especially during the monsoon season. This is a serious disease, occurring from India to Japan.
If you are departing to Central Asia, Northern China, or Japan, you should get a vaccine for tick-borne encephalitis.
For their part, travelers to Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, etc.) are advised to get a vaccine for typhoid fever and make sure they are up to date with their Diphtheria-Tetanos-Polio vaccine, which is mandatory in France. However, yellow fever does not occur in Asia.
PREVENTING INFECTIOUS AND PARASITIC DISEASES IN ASIA
Regarding typhoid fever, be aware that the vaccine does not provide 100% protection. Therefore, basis rules of hygiene must be observed (wash hands, wash food, drink bottled water only, etc.).
In some Asian countries, as in all developing countries, cholera is still present. You should follow basic rules of hygiene, as vaccination is recommended mostly for health workers in the event of an outbreak. If nevertheless, someone becomes exposed, they should take an antibiotic, such as doxycycline, as a precaution. Malaria and related diseases are infrequent in Asia. However, if symptoms develop, the person affected should receive emergency treatment.