Located in the East of Asia, South Korea is a country in close proximity to Japan.
There has been an increase in cases of Mers-Cov in South Korea.
The risk is low to UK travellers. General infection control measures should reduce the risk.
1. Avoid close contact with someone who has respiratory infections.
2. Frequent hadwashing, especially after contact with people. Use of Hand sanitizer
3. Avoid uncooked food, raw fruit and vegatables unless they have been peeled and suitably washed.
|All travellers||Some travellers||When to get Vaccinated*|
|Hepatitis A||2 weeks before travel
|Hepatitis B||3 weeks before travel
|Japanese Encephalitis||4 weeks before travel
|MMR||1 month before travel
|Rabies||4 weeks before travel
|Tetanus||Anytime before travel
|Typhoid||2 weeks before travel
*Vaccination schedules are approximate and are calculated based on the first dose. Schedules are subject to change depending on your individual needs and will be discussed in your appointment. These are the minimum times required for full protection, you can start your course of treatment earlier.
**Vaccines work best if given time to become fully active. These vaccinations can be given up to the day before if needed and will provide some cover. Your Travel Nurse will discuss any health implications in your appointment.
There is no risk of Yellow Fever in South Korea.
Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is not required to enter this country.
Malaria is present in South Korea, but is low risk.
There is no vaccination for Malaria, you may need to take Antimalarial tablets as it is a low risk area. We recommend you have a consultation with our expert Travel Nurses to talk through your Antimalarial medication options.
There is a risk of Dengue Fever in this country. It is spread by a species of mosquito called Aedes aegypti, otherwise known as the ‘tiger mosquito’ which mainly bites during the day. The illness is widespread throughout the tropics and subtropics, affecting over 100 countries with approximately 50 million cases globally a year. Currently most infections occur in SE Asia, South and Central America, Mexico, Africa, Indian sub-continent, Hawaii and the Pacific. There is currently no vaccination against Dengue Fever, it is therefore important to protect yourself during the day with bite avoidance products like DEET. For more information - click here.