Vaccinations needed to travel to Southeast Asia

Thinking of traveling to Southeast Asia ? It is an excellent day! And it is that the countries that are part of this area (Thailand, Laos, Philippines, Brunei, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia …) have much to offer the traveler: an interesting culture, impressive landscapes, fauna and flora unique, cities with a lot of atmosphere, an exquisite gastronomy … In addition, it must be taken into account that it is an inexpensive destination and that the distances in the same country are relatively short.

Although there are many advantages to traveling to Southeast Asia, it also has some drawbacks. One of the main ones is that the administration of some vaccines is more than recommended (in some cases mandatory). What we recommend is that months before starting the trip you go to the Vaccination Center of your city to be informed. Even so, today in Vuela Viajes we are going to talk to you about some of the vaccines that are recommended when traveling to this area of ​​Asia. Would you like to join us?

Yellow fever

First of all, we want to talk about the vaccine against yellow fever, a viral disease that is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Without this vaccine, you will not be allowed to enter most Southeast Asian countries if you have been in an affected area for the last month. Thus, you should know that yellow fever is present in Africa and South America. Therefore, if you are traveling from Spain, you should not have problems . In any case, you should know that the countries in this area of ​​Asia require this vaccine to prevent the disease from spreading throughout the place. It is important that you bear in mind that this is only administered in authorized Vaccination Centers, where the International Certificate of Vaccination is issued. On the other hand, you should know that its legal validity is 10 years.


Typhoid fever

Although it is not mandatory, if you are going to travel to Southeast Asia we recommend that you get the vaccine against typhoid fever, an infectious disease that is transmitted by contaminated water and food. The countries in this part of Asia are among the most affected. Above all, it is recommended for those travelers who plan to be out of the tourist circuits or on prolonged stays of more than a month. Of course, it is important that you bear in mind that the effectiveness of the vaccine is limited, so you must follow hygienic measures with food and drinks.

Hepatites A and B

Vaccines against Hepatitis A and B, infectious diseases, are also recommended. The first of these is transmitted from person to person and by the ingestion of contaminated food and beverages; while the second is mainly transmitted sexually. If you have the complete vaccination schedule, they will have already been administered to you. Thus, before traveling it is important that you check it.


As for the rabies vaccine, it is especially recommended for those travelers who will be in contact with potentially rabid mammals. Thus, you should know that rabies is a viral disease that is present in mammals in countries around the world, although most deaths occur in Africa and Asia. The disease is transmitted to man by direct contact with certain species.


Other recommended vaccines

In addition to those that we have just mentioned, there are some vaccines that are recommended, such as the one that acts against polio , which is especially advisable for those who are going to travel to Central Asia. Vaccines against Japanese encephalitis, a disease present in rural areas of Asia, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes; and tetanus, a bacterium that enters the body through open wounds, are also more than recommended.