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Country Health Advice Laos

Recommended Vaccinations: Routine Immunizations

Due to the risk of Polio virus transmission in Laos, all residents and long-term visitors (4 weeks or more) coming from Polio-affected countries should be prepared to present a valid International Vaccination Certificate proving they were vaccinated with Oral Polio Vaccine or Inactivated Polio Vaccine between 4 weeks and 12 months prior to entry. For a current list of Polio-affected countries, see Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

In addition to the above, all residents and long-term visitors from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination prior to travel. Oral Polio Vaccine may be administered if travellers fail to provide proof of vaccination.

Your trip is a good occasion for a reminder to keep your routine immunizations updated. The following vaccinations are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Polio should be reviewed and updated if necessary. 

Note: Many of these vaccine preventable illnesses are making a resurgence due to non-vaccination, incomplete vaccination, and waning immunity. 

Influenza vaccination is recommended for all travellers over 6 months of age, especially for children, pregnant women, persons over 65, and those with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, immunosuppressive disorders, and organ transplant recipients. 

Note: In the northern hemisphere the flu season typically runs from November to April, from April to October in the southern hemisphere, and year-round in the tropics. 

Other vaccines: Depending on your age, health status, lifestyle or occupational risk, the following vaccinations may also be recommended: Meningococcal Meningitis, Pneumococcal Pneumonia, Varicella, Herpes Zoster, Haemophilius influenza type B, Rotavirus, and Human Papillomavirus

World Immunization Chart

Health risk description last reviewed: July 11, 2017
Country information last updated: August 30, 2017


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