Vaccinations for the Philippines: which ones do you need?

Are you going to the Philippines soon and do you need travel advice? On this page, we gladly inform you about this gorgeous archipelago and about potential health risks you may encounter. Certain vaccinations are recommended for the Philippines, although in most cases they are not mandatory. Which vaccinations you require, depends on the places you plan to visit and on the duration of your stay in this vast archipelago.

 The Philippines is an archipelago made up of more than 7,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean in Southeast Asia. The country has a tropical climate that is characterised by high average temperatures and humidity. The Philippines offers beautiful white beaches with azure waters, but also mountains, rice paddies, tropical jungles, waterfalls and indigenous tribes. Major tourist attractions include the capital Manila and the paradisiacal Palawan province that consists of one large island and hundreds of small islands. Secluded El Nido on the main island is a very popular tourist spot.

Besides protecting yourself against possible infectious diseases, beware of the bright sunlight and avoid mosquito bites. Both dengue and malaria are prevalent in the Philippines. Our skilled nurses are happy to tell you which vaccinations you require and gladly advise on additional precautions you can take to reduce health risks during your holiday in the Philippines. Click here to make an appointment with one of our nurses.

Philippines vaccinations: the most common risks

In the Philippines, you run the risk of catching a (tropical) disease to which you are probably not resistant. Fortunately, vaccines can protect you against these. That’s why our health experts have put together a list of the most common diseases and health risks. You can see at a glance which specific vaccinations are required and what additional precautions you can take.

Dengue

In this country dengue fever is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

DTP

Vaccination is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis A

Vaccination is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis B

Vaccination depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.

Japanese Encephalitis

In this country Japanese encephalitis is (possibly) prevalent. Vaccination depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.

Malaria

In this country there is a risk of getting malaria. Protection against mosquito bites is necessary during day- and nighttime. Sometimes malaria tablets are recommended, please contact KLM Health Services.

MMR

Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccination (BMR vaccination in Dutch) is recommended for travelers to this country who are not protected against measles yet. This includes children from 6 months and up who have not yet received their childhood MMR immunization.

Rabies

Vaccination depends on your personal situation. In this country mammals could be infected with Rabies. Avoid contact with mammals. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.

Schistosomiasis

In this country Schistosomiasis is prevalent. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.

Tuberculosis

Vaccination depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.

Yellow Fever - compulsory from Yellow Fever area

In this country Yellow Fever is prevalent. There is a potential risk for travellers. Vaccination is recommended. Vaccination is possibly COMPULSORY when traveling from a Yellow Fever area. Please contact KLM Health Services to discuss or vaccination applies to you.

Zika virus

In this country Zika virus is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

A healthy trip to the Philippines? Prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to the Philippines as pleasant as possible and avoid unexpected surprises. Below you will find helpful tips and tricks to prepare yourself for your journey.

Our KLM Health Services’ Doctor Connect service allows your to contact a KLM Health Services expert 24/7, either by telephone, text message or WhatsApp. Not only in case of emergency but also if you have doubts. Subscribe to Doctor Connect.

Seemingly innocent things such as food, water and bright sunlight can pose a risk to your health during your travels. Want to know what measures you can take to reduce these health risks? Please read our travel tips.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice helps you prepare for safety risks during your stay abroad. The travel advice, for example, tells you which regions are safe and to which regions you should not travel. Sometimes there are security risks. If this is the case, please be alert or, preferably only travel to the country concerned if genuinely necessary.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a central telephone number for travellers, which can be reached 24/7. Please call: +31 247 247 247.

Schedule a vaccination for the Philippines? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online for your Philippines vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for the Philippines? Please feel free to contact us via 0900 109 109 6 (€1,00 per call) or send an email to travelclinic@klm.com. You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

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