Updated  
January, 18 2012 09:16:00

What's up, Doc? (18-01-2012)

What's Up, Doc?, published on our Health page every Wednesday, features questions from our readers, including members of the expatriate community and those who have recently arrived in Viet Nam, about their health concerns. Email your questions to newsdesk@vnsmail.com.

What kind of infectious diseases should I get vaccinated against if I am coming to Viet Nam? Should vaccinations be carried out before arriving in the country?

Eric Price, Ha Noi

Dear Eric,

In Viet Nam, you can now find almost all types of vaccines against infectious diseases, and these vaccines are used around the world, such as those for yellow fever, flu, cholera and rabies.

In order to ensure active immunisation against infectious diseases, you should get the vaccine at least two weeks or one month before coming to Viet Nam.

Foreigners should vaccinate themselves against digestive diseases like cholera, typhoid, dysentery, and respiratory diseases such as seasonal flu, rabies, meningitis or yellow fever if they are planning to come to Viet Nam.

Those who are yet to be vaccinated against some infectious diseases may get shots at all preventive medicine units or hospitals in Viet Nam.

Foreigners don't have to get vaccinated against diseases that have been eliminated in Viet Nam such as polio, smallpox and leprosy. Some dangerous infectious diseases such as SARS, avian influenza H5N1, H1N1, acute diarrhoea and dengue fever have also been controlled in the country during the past years.

Prof. Nguyen Tran Hien, Director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology

The opinion expressed on this page does not reflect that of Viet Nam News.

Send Us Your Comments:
Name:
Your E-mail address:
Title:
 

VietNamNews may edit your comments and not all emails will be published.

Highlight

Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh

Wiping sweat from his forehead, 36-year-old Trinh Duc Sang took big strides along a road covered with muddy coal sludge and dirt to the place that was his home until just three weeks ago. He climbed a rickety ladder that buckled under his weight to reach his neigh-bour's house overlooking a creek. From there, he crossed into his old home.

Vietnam Airlines launches new-generation Airbus plane Vietnam Airlines launches new-generation Airbus plane

The national flagship carrier Vietnam Airlines held a ceremony on July 2 to receive its first Airbus 350-900 aircraft and announce its upgrade service quality programme and new brand identifying system, marking a major step in bringing the airline into the international arena.

Wounds begin to heal between US, Viet Nam 1    Wounds begin to heal between US, Viet Nam

Pham Ba Lu swore thousands of times that he "would not live under the same sky as the United States".

Mental disorders affect 10% of Viet Nam's population: MoLISA Mental disorders affect 10% of Viet Nam's population: MoLISA

Nearly 9 million people in Viet Nam, or 10 per cent of the population, suffer from mental disorders, including 2.5 per cent with serious mental illnesses under social protection.