To study abroad in
China for any sort
of Chinese language program it
is always a good idea to take careful consideration of health and
safety issues. Here are some tips from Minds Abroad for your stay in
Kunming for Chinese
Suggested Shots /
Vaccinations: Here is a list of recommended vaccinations from the
Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov).
Hepatitis A or immune
globulin (IG). It needs to be given at least 3 weeks prior to
departure, with a booster at six months to one year.
Hepatitis B, if you
might be exposed to blood, have sexual contact with the local
population, stay longer than 6 months, or be exposed through medical
treatment. A series of three immunization injections is required.
only if you plan to visit rural areas for 4 weeks or more, except
under special circumstances, such as a known outbreak of Japanese
encephalitis. This 3 shot vaccination series must be completed 10 days
Rabies, if you might
be exposed to wild or domestic animals through your work or
if you are visiting developing countries in this region. The vaccine
is given either orally or by injection.
As needed, booster
doses for tetanus-diphtheria and measles, and a one-time dose of polio
for adults. Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and
for children ages 11-12 years who did not receive the series as
Malaria exists in rural areas of Hainan and Yunnan
Provinces, however transmission occurs only in areas below 1500 m. While
you have a risk while travelling in rural parts of Yunnan you have very
little chance of contracting the disease at Kunming which is well above
1500 m and is a major urban area. As CDC says: "Rare cases occur in other
rural parts of the country below 1,500 m (4,921 ft) between May-December.
None in major river cruises and urban areas." Read more
Diarrhea is often a problem when traveling outside your own
country, so it would be wise to bring anti-diarrheal medicine.
Its best not to eat raw vegetables as they may not always
be washed properly. Try eating fruits only after peeling the outer skin
off and washing the fruit thoroughly. Dairy products from small vendors
which may not be pasteurized have a chance of becoming stale in hot
weather. So take care with milk products.
We recommend that you drink only bottled water while
overseas. Water boiled for over 10 minutes is the safest option. Hot
beverages are safe to an extent too.
We can’t guaranty that you find toilet paper in public
bathrooms, so be sure to carry some tissues with you when out shopping or
Travel insurance will not cover injuries which result from
intoxication, so keep alcohol consumption to a minimum when enjoying
Should the need arise, there will be convenient clinics for
minor complaints, and modern hospitals with excellent staffs for more
Who is Minds Abroad?
Minds Abroad is a Chinese
language program in Kunming China. We offer high
quality Chinese teaching
want study abroad in China
from all over the
world. To help you study Chinese more efficiently
and effectively, we give you the best service for every
aspect for your study in China. We provide you local
travel information while you are studying in Kunming,
one of China's most fascinating and popular tourism