Staying Healthy in China
China is becoming more and more popular with Australian travellers. It is a country of vast extremes, from the arid Gobi Desert in the north to the Himalayan range of Tibet and the tropical island of Hainan in the south. Some travel health advice may vary depending on your proposed itinerary.
We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs (including medical evacuation) before you depart. Confirm that your insurance covers you for the whole time you’ll be away and check what circumstances and activities are not included in your policy. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel. The Australian Government will not pay for a traveller’s medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs.
Pre-travel preparation will help protect your health while you are away. Below are some suggestions from The Travel Doctor in reference to the major health risks you may face while holidaying in China:
- Check basic immunisations such as Tetanus and Diphtheria are up-to-date before your trip.
- Malaria is a risk factor in parts of China. Malaria prevention options should be discussed with your Travel Doctor or General Practitioner prior to departure.
- Discuss with your Travel Doctor or General Practitioner whether Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines should be considered.
- Up to 40% of tourists may develop diarrhoea within the first week of travel. A variety of germs can be responsible and a Traveller’s Medical Kit containing appropriate therapy can rapidly improve the symptoms. It is also important to follow the rules of healthy eating and drinking to minimise risks.
We advise you consult a Travel Doctor specialist or your local General Practitioner (mention that it is for travel advice when booking) prior to departure to assess these risks in relation to your medical history and your travel plans.
The Travel Doctor. China. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.traveldoctor.com.au/Page/Knowledge-Hub/Destination-fact-sheets/china. [Accessed 11 November 16].
For more travel information, visit the Australian Government’s ‘Smartraveller’ website.