Vaccinations For Vietnam

Vietnam has transformed into a sought-after destination, earning praises from travellers worldwide.

But before you set off on your Vietnamese holiday, take a moment to think about your health. As with every holiday in a foreign country or destination, be sure to plan ahead a visit your local travel clinic and ensure you are vaccinated.

In this guide, we will explore key points and recommendations for travel vaccinations when planning a trip to Vietnam.

Key Summary and Points

  • Vietnam offers a diverse range of experiences, from exploring countryside landscapes with beaches and ancient ruins to immersing in authentic culture through island sailing or motorcycle adventures.
  • Strongly consider hepatitis A, typhoid, and the diphtheria, tetanus, and polio vaccines.
  • Additional vaccines might be necessary based on specific travel plans and activities.
  • Recommended vaccines include cholera, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, tuberculosis, and others.
  • Schedule an appointment with your travel clinic at least six to eight weeks before departure.
  • There is no vaccination certificate required for Vietnam from the UK, but yellow fever vaccination might be necessary for travellers arriving from certain countries.  Call us at Kennedys Pharmacy Rasharkin to book a vaccination.
  • Antimalarials may be required if staying in rural areas or for individuals with certain medical conditions.
  • During the rainy season, be aware of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and Zika virus.

    Destination Information for Vietnam

    Picture this: countryside sights filled with beaches, national parks, and ancient ruins. If you're all about soaking in authentic culture, there's nothing quite like sailing to scenic islands or revving up a motorcycle to uncover hidden gems.

    Hanoi, the vibrant capital up north, where the streets buzz with motorbikes, markets teem with life, and temples stand as a testament to Vietnam's rich heritage

    Down south, Ho Chi Minh City takes you on a whirlwind tour of contrasts – from ancient temples to towering skyscrapers, and street food joints to fancy restaurants.

    So, whether you're drawn to Vietnam's natural wonders, its bustling urban centres, or its rich cultural tapestry, one thing is for certain – this captivating country has something to offer every traveler. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure filled with beauty, history, and the warm hospitality of the Vietnamese people.

    Health Risks in Vietnam

    Travellers preparing for a trip to Vietnam should strongly consider hepatitis A, typhoid and the diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccines. Your specific travel plans and the nature of your activities in Vietnam might necessitate additional vaccines.

    Current health guidelines suggest that most travellers to Vietnam get immunised against the following:

    • Hepatitis A
    • Tetanus
    • Typhoid

    The vaccines in this section are recommended for some travellers visiting this country:

    • Cholera
    • Hepatitis B
    • Japanese encephalitis
    • Rabies
    • Tuberculosis

      For those planning a trip from the UK to Vietnam, it is advisable to schedule an appointment with your GP or a travel clinic such as Kennedy's Pharmacy at least six to eight weeks before departure. During this appointment, you can discuss various travel health concerns and arrange for the necessary vaccinations.

      It's always a good idea to prioritise your health and take preventive measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

      Vaccination Certificate Requirements

      No vaccination certificate is needed to visit Vietnam from the UK however, yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required for travellers aged 1 year or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

      You can learn more about Yellow Fever Here.

      Malaria Advise For Vietnam

      Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes. You cannot be vaccinated against malaria. You may require antimalarials if staying in rural areas or if you suffer from certain medical conditions.

      Recommended Vaccines for Vietnam

      To ensure a safe journey, healthcare professionals recommend vaccines such as Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Japanese Encephalitis for travel to Vietnam. 

      A consultation will be completed with our pharmacist, Cara Murdock to discuss and assess your travel plans and background before making any recommendations. Current guidance advises travellers to Vietnam to consider vaccinations against the following diseases:

      • Hepatitis A
      • Japanese Encephalitis
      • Cholera
      • Hepatitis B
      • Rabies
      • Typhoid
      • Tetanus
      • Diphtheria
      • Polio

      Recommendations are made based on each individual and the list above is not a sure list. Please book an appointment with our travel vaccination service for a bespoke consultation for your individual needs.

      Kennedy Pharmacy provides a dedicated travel service in Rasharkin, Northern Ireland. Use the button below to book an appointment.

      Additional Health Risks Information for Vietnam

      During Vietnam's rainy season, mosquitoes become more prevalent, increasing the risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and the Zika virus. To protect yourself, use insect repellent containing at least 50% DEET over your sunscreen during the day.

      Additionally, it's essential to carry photo identification with you at all times as required by law. However, carrying a photocopy of your passport and visa is also acceptable.

      Other Health Risks

      Apart from vaccinations, it's crucial to be aware of other health risks, including non vaccinated diseases to help minimise the risk of falling ill.

      Dengue Fever

      Dengue is an infection spread by mosquito bites that can cause a severe flu-like illness.

      The symptoms of dengue fever include fever, headache, and joint, bone and muscle pain. There is currently no vaccine against dengue fever, so you will need to practice insect bite avoidance to protect yourself.  

      You must seek medical attention if you develop any feverish illness whilst travelling, or on your return home.

      Zika Virus

      The Zika virus is typically spread through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are most active during the daytime, particularly in the mid-morning and late afternoon to evening hours. While many people experience only mild or no symptoms with a Zika infection, it poses a greater risk to pregnant women as it can lead to certain birth defects in their unborn babies.

      Scrub typhus

      Scrub typhus, also called bush typhus, is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans through bites from infected chiggers, which are larval mites. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, and occasionally a rash. While antibiotics are usually effective in treating scrub typhus, individuals with severe cases may experience organ failure and bleeding, potentially leading to fatal outcomes if not promptly treated.


      In conclusion, when planning your trip to Vietnam, remember that it's a wonderful journey filled with cultural wonders and breath-taking natural beauty. However, it's crucial to prioritise your health by getting the necessary vaccinations and taking precautions. By taking good care of yourself, you can fully immerse in Vietnam's diverse landscapes and rich culture, ensuring a safe and memorable adventure.



      Bonus: Best Things To Do in Vietnam

      1. Explore Halong Bay: Embark on a cruise or kayak through the stunning limestone karsts and emerald waters of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its breathtaking scenery.

      2. Visit Hoi An Ancient Town: Wander through the charming streets of Hoi An Ancient Town, renowned for its well-preserved architecture, vibrant lantern-lit alleys, and bustling markets. Don't miss the opportunity to try local delicacies and get tailor-made clothing.

      3. Experience the Cu Chi Tunnels: Delve into Vietnam's wartime history by exploring the intricate network of tunnels at Cu Chi, used by Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War.

      4. Discover the Mekong Delta: Cruise along the Mekong River and explore the labyrinth of waterways in the Mekong Delta. Experience the vibrant floating markets, lush rice paddies, and traditional villages, immersing yourself in the rhythms of rural life.

      5. Hike in Sapa: Head to the northern highlands and trek through the terraced rice fields and picturesque landscapes of Sapa.


      What is Rabies?

      Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system. It is typically transmitted through the saliva of infected animals, commonly through a bite, lick or scratch to a mucous membrane.  The virus targets the central nervous system, leading to severe neurological symptoms. If untreated, rabies is almost always fatal.

      What is Typhoid?

      Typhoid is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi. It primarily spreads through contaminated food and water and can result in high fever, abdominal pain, and severe illness. Typhoid can be a serious disease if left untreated but is preventable with vaccines and proper sanitation measures

      What is Hepatitis B?

      Hepatitis B is a viral infection affecting the liver, caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It can be transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids and may lead to acute or chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis and liver cancer. Vaccination is available for prevention.

      What is Hepatitis A?

      Hepatitis A is a viral infection that spreads through the faeces of an infected person. Travellers to Vietnam may be at risk of contracting this disease, particularly in areas with poor sanitation, through the consumption of contaminated food or water. While most individuals recover from hepatitis A within a few months, it can, in some cases, lead to severe liver complications.

      Prices Per Vaccine

      Prices are accurate from December 2023 but may fluctuate depending on cost prices at the time of consultation.





      Diphtheria, tetanus and polio


      Hepatitis A


      Hepatitis B


      Hepatitis B Paediatric


      Hepatitis A and B combined


      Japanese Encephalitis


      Meningococcal ACWY




      Tick-borne encephalitis




      Yellow Fever



      Anti-Malarial Tablets Priced per Prescription for duration of trip