Medical Treatment in Vietnam
Health Precautions while travel in Vietnam
Do I need to bring my medical record?
How can I get the health service in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City?
What vaccinations do we need to travel to Vietnam and do you have any other medical suggestions?
1.Medical Treatment in Vietnam
Hotels usually have access to a doctor.
In the event of a serious condition which requires hospitalization, your tour guide will do everything possible to ensure that you receive that best treatment possible. Please call your Vietnam Vision Travel Advisor for help at: 091 358 22 18 if you are in Vietnam and from over sea: (84) 913 582 218 so that we can help in any way possible.
The major cities of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City have hospitals that will reach the Standard of foreign hospital however the hospital systems differ considerably. Hospitals in other cities may not offer the same standards of hospitals in foreign countries.
On entering hospital all patients are required to pay a substantial deposit before any treatment will be administered. Nursing care in hospital is strictly limited to medical treatments so patients will require a person who can assist with all other activities. No food is supplied.
We highly recommend that all travelers but comprehensive travel insurance in their home country before departure.
2.Health Precautions while travel in Vietnam
Drink only boiled or bottled water or carbonated drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks and ice cubes. (also see Is the tap water drinkable?)
Don't eat food purchased from street vendors.
Don't drink beverages with ice.
Don't handle animals (especially monkeys, cats, dogs), to avoid the risk of rabies.
Don't swim in fresh water (excluding well-chlorinated pools) in some parts of Vietnam to avoid infection with schistosomiasis.
Wash hands often with soap or water (and/or instant antibacterial hand wash).
Don't eat or drink dairy products unless you know they have been pasteurized.
Don't share needles with anyone.
Eat only thoroughly cooked food, or fruits and vegetables that you have peeled yourself.
Never eat uncooked meat, raw eggs, or unpasteurized dairy products. Raw shellfish is dangerous for people who have liver disease or compromised immune systems.
3.Do I need to bring my medical record?
Yes, all travelers are recommended to take their medical records along. In the event of An emergency your medical records will be of great assistance. The medical record should include your blood type, immunization record, allergies, and any medications you are currently taking (both prescription and non-prescription), You should also include your doctor's name, address, phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.
4.How can I get the health service in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City?
Hotels usually have access to a doctor if you need one. If your condition is serious, you will be taken to hospital. In emergency, you may call:
The International SOS Clinic
Tel: (84 4) 9340555
Fax: (844) 9340556
At 31 Hai Ba Trung street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi, Vietnam
For more hospitals and clinics in Hanoi please see:
Hospitals in Hanoi
In Ho Chi Minh City:
Tel: ( 84 8) 8298424) 24 hour meergency: (84 8) 82985 20
Fax: (84 8 829 8551)
At 65 D Nguyen Du street, District 1 , Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
For more hospital in Ho Chi Minh City please see:
Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City
5.What vaccinations do we need to travel to Vietnam and do you have any other medical suggestions?
While traveling with Vietnam Vision Travel we take every precaution to provide a safe and healthy environment for you. We choose restaurants and hotels that are clean, safe, and we always keep your needs and interests in mind. However, here are some precautions for you to take into consideration for your trip to Vietnam
. In additional, all travelers are recommended to take their medical records when they travel. (Please see Do I need to bring my medical record?)
Vaccines/Immunizations (4-6 weeks before your trip):
Vaccination is particularly recommended for those who will be traveling in smaller cities, villages, and rural areas off the usual tourist itineraries. Travelers should be cautioned that typhoid vaccination is not 100% effective and is not a substitute for careful selection of food and drink.
- Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)
- Diphtheria & Tetanus vaccine for these two diseased are always combine and recommended to every one
- Hepatitis B if you might be exposed to blood, have sexual contact with the local population, be exposed through medical treatment, or stay longer than 6 months. (Hepatitis B is recommended for infants and for children 11-12 years of age who did not receive it as infants.)
- Rabies, if you might be exposed to wild or domestic animals.
- Typhoid, for visiting developing countries.
- Polio: every one should keep up date to this vaccination , it is normally given in childhood
- Japanese B Encephalitis: consider vaccination against this diseased if spending a month or longer in high risk area ( which included some part of Vietnam and Cambodia)
- Yellow fever ( Also called: Dangee fever) the yellow fever vaccination is now the vaccine that is a legal requirement to entry to Vietnam, for travelers over one year old coming from infected area such as: parts of Africa or South America
Be advised that the above information is recommendation and right at the time of writing only. Please get more assistance from doctor before travel to Vietnam when needed