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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 language study.

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.

  • Japanese encephalitis, 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 before departure.

  • Rabies, if you might be exposed to wild or domestic animals through your work or recreation.

  • Typhoid, particularly 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 infants.

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 here.

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 touring.

Travel insurance will not cover injuries which result from intoxication, so keep alcohol consumption to a minimum when enjoying evening outings.

Should the need arise, there will be convenient clinics for minor complaints, and modern hospitals with excellent staffs for more serious conditions.

 

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Minds Abroad is a Chinese language program in Kunming China. We offer high quality Chinese teaching to students who 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 city.
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