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Q: How likely is it to contract hepititis A or B while living in southern China (zhongshan)?

I'm going to be living in zhongshan for a year.  I don't want to get vaccinated because of some current health problems. 

5 years 2 weeks ago in  Health & Safety - China

 
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if you have other health problems that prevent getting the Hep A and B shots you should consider other places than China to work.

Should you become ill with either of these, and considering how easily they can be transmitted in some places, the last place you want to end up is a Chinese hospital for treatment. Foreign medication could be hard to come by and expensive.

China can be a challenging environment even for the healthy: one bad experience with street food could do an unknown damage. 

talk to a medical professional at home for best advice.

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It would be foolish to travel there without vacinations.

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People get vaccinations before they come here???? Jeez after 7 years, i dont wanna know what I have.

Zhongshan is alright, close to larger cities but not as busy. Its not some wierd jungle village where mosquitoes will give you malaria. Its a city. Stay away from the hookers and youll be free from hep.

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Well you might get more severe health problems if you don't have your vaccines. Pretty sure some vaccines are mandatory for long term stay in China. Hep B might be one of them. Hep A is rarer but it's still worth having the vaccine just in case.

Edit: What health issues interfere with vaccines? I'm curious.

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I don't have any vaccinations since in China, or ever! Am I dead?

 

Nobody ever demanded anything, and I usually stay away from the Hospitals and Pharmacies.

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I had the 1st Hep B vaccination when I came here in 2005 (supposed to protect you for 5 years). I forgot to have the follow-up a year later (which is then supposed to protect you for life!). 9 years later & I'm still healthy with no Hep. 

 

The Hep vaccination is not compulsorary for China (in face I don't think any are!). 

 

Be be careful & keep away from the working ladies & you'll be okay. Zhongshan is a nice, relatively clean city so you'll be okay there. Just pick up the local habit of cleaning your plates, etc before eating with tea. 

 

If you drink & want to get to know peoe quickly there head out to Friends bar, O'Hagens or the new Hooleys. I find Friends bar is the most welcoming. 

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Get the shot. But still remember to use rubbers and wash hands etc. 

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if you have other health problems that prevent getting the Hep A and B shots you should consider other places than China to work.

Should you become ill with either of these, and considering how easily they can be transmitted in some places, the last place you want to end up is a Chinese hospital for treatment. Foreign medication could be hard to come by and expensive.

China can be a challenging environment even for the healthy: one bad experience with street food could do an unknown damage. 

talk to a medical professional at home for best advice.

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I got vaccinated before coming here 6 years ago, didn't since then. I live in Foshan (not far from Zhongshan) and never got sick except for the usual cold because of A/C (instant change in temperature when walking in shops or else, best way to catch a cold) and sometimes a day-long diarrhea when eating something not so fresh. Also I never got sick back home as far as I remember, I have an excellent immune system, not sure about weaker people.

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