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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 to make sure your routine immunizations are up-to-date. Many vaccine preventable illnesses are making a resurgence due to non-vaccination, incomplete vaccination, and waning immunity. See your healthcare practitioner if you are unsure of your vaccination status.

Recommended vaccines

The following vaccinations are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Before you travel, the following vaccines should be reviewed and updated if necessary:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Influenza

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. In the southern hemisphere, it runs from April to October, and year-round in the tropics.

Additional recommendations

Depending on your age, health status, lifestyle or occupational risk, the following vaccinations may also be recommended:

  • Meningococcal Meningitis
  • Pneumococcal Pneumonia
  • Varicella
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Haemophilius influenza type B
  • Rotavirus

To see what routine and travel-related vaccines are recommended and required for your trip, check out:

World Immunization Chart

Information last updated: December 04, 2018

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