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What vaccinations should you get before traveling to Vietnam?

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Travelers to Vietnam should obtain all routine vaccines, including chickenpox, polio, measles-mumps-rubella and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They should also get the annual flu shot and vaccines for typhoid and hepatitis A to avoid illnesses caused by contaminated food and beverages.

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Doctors may suggest additional vaccines based on an individual's itinerary, according to the CDC. For example, the Vietnamese government restricts entry for travelers coming from countries where yellow fever is a threat, so proof of vaccination may be necessary when a U.S. traveler visits an at-risk location before going to Vietnam. The Japanese encephalitis vaccine is recommended for travelers staying in Vietnam for more than a month or visiting rural areas. Rabies and malaria shots are also beneficial for travelers planning frequent outdoor activities.

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