Vaccinations needed for the Philippines and information on Malaria


Are you traveling to the Philippines and want to know what vaccines you need and what is the risk of Malaria? We tell you which vaccines are mandatory and which are optional, whether you decide to put them on or not, at least you have all the necessary information.

Well, if you are thinking of traveling to Philippines and enjoy its postcard beaches, as well as its nature and gastronomy, the first thing you should do is a visit to the International Vaccination Center closest to home, a couple of months before going on a trip.

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Alona Beach, Bohol

Before starting any trip, we always pay a visit to the International Vaccination Center. To confirm the vaccinations, and give us the necessary documentation (in case you need to be vaccinated for yellow fever), and if we need prescriptions, to go to the family doctor.

The vaccines that are recommended to travel to the Philippines are various. As always, everyone is free to choose whether to get vaccinated or not. We always do it, since we think that it’s better to prevent than to cure.

The vaccines that we are going to tell you next are the ones that are recommended. But in any case, as we have mentioned a little above, to get vaccinated, you will have to go to a medical center.

Don’t forget to get travel insurance to travel to the Philippines. We tell you How to find the best travel insurance to travel to the Philippines, and for being our reader, you can take advantage of a 5% discount by clicking here.

Vaccination record

The vaccination record is the one we all have since we are little. It indicates all the vaccines that have been given to us throughout our lives. It is very important that you carry this card with the information it contains during your visit to the International Vaccination Center.

In this way, they will be able to check if there is a reminder vaccine that you should get. It happened to me with tetanus, I was missing a reminder.

If you are one of those people who travel regularly, you already know that there are several vaccinations that should be given every two or three years. So if you carry the card, you will keep all the information up to date.

Yellow fever

The vaccine yellow fever It is the only one that is mandatory to wear, but only if you live in a country where it is considered endemic. If this is your case, you have a good chance that they will ask you for the yellow fever certificate at passport control to check that you have it on.

Recommended Philippine Vaccines

In addition to the yellow fever vaccine, it is recommended to be vaccinated against MMR (measles, rubella and mumps), hepatitis A and B, tetanus-diphtheria, japanese encephalitis Y typhoid fever.

It is also recommended to get vaccinated against anger if you are going to travel through areas that are outside the usual tourist routes, or if you are going to spend a long time.

Is there malaria in the Philippines?

It may be one of the questions you are asking yourself, Is there malaria in the Philippines?

Well, yes, there is malaria, but the risk, in areas where it exists, is moderate.

What areas of the Philippines are at risk for malaria? Well, the risk exists in the south of the island of Palawan, but the chances of you getting there are very low. We on the island of Palawan were in Crown, The nest, Port barton Y Puerto Princesa, and I have to tell you that there is no risk there.

There is also moderate risk in southwestern Mindanao, Mindoro, and the Sulu Archipelago. I do not think you will reach the latter, since the kidnapping risk than malaria.

As you know, mosquitoes can be transmitters of other diseases such as dengue. So don’t forget to bring mosquito repellent, long-sleeved shirts, and long summer pants.

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Loboc River in Bohol


Take with you a extra strong repellent against mosquitoes. Yes you can, bring your own mosquito netThey are very cheap and it takes up almost nothing. We always carry it in our backpack.

Although there are mosquito nets in many accommodations in the Philippines, others do not. And in addition to the risk of suffering from dengue, mosquito bites are very annoying, I tell you from my own experience.

The mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. I recommend that you wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts at these times of the day.

Do not forget to bring your own basic kit, take a look at this link, where we tell you what the basic first-aid kit that we carry on our trips.

Philippines travel insurance

Don’t forget about travel insurance when you go to the Philippines. Situations can always happen in which you have an accident, need a medical transfer or even medications. And a medical bill in the Philippines, especially if you have to go through a hospital, can be really high. We tell you what you have to take into account when looking for the insurance that best suits your trip in this link, Travel Insurance to the Philippines.

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