Health

The major cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou have hospitals that will reach the standard of foreign hospitals however the hospital system differs considerably. Hospitals in other cities may not offer the same standards of hospitals as western countries. On entering hospital all patients are required to pay a substantial deposit before any treatment will be administered. Nursing care in the hospital is strictly limited to medical treatments so patients will require a person who can assist with all other patient care needs. No food is supplied. In light of the above, unless your situation is very serious we would recommend you wait until coming home for hospital treatment.

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Tips to stay healthy
Protect yourself from mosquito bites by using mosquito/insect repellent or spray. If you are travelling to remote rural areas a course of anti-malarial drugs may be recommended (Please seek medical advice from your doctor) Bring over-the-counter anti-diarrhoea medicine. Bring your own supply of pain relief for headaches, toothaches, muscular aches, backaches, the common cold, menstrual cramps and fever reducers and mild body pain.

Don’t touch stray or wild animals (especially monkeys, cats, dogs), to avoid the risk of rabies. Avoid food purchased from street vendors that appear unsanitary.

Don’t swim in fresh water except for well-chlorinated pools to avoid infection. Wash hands often with soap and water (or instant antibacterial hand wash). Don’t drink the tap water it is not potable and the hotels will provide bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth.

Pack a basic first aid kit with products from home that you are familiar with such as aspirin, cold remedies, plasters, creams etc.

Consult your doctor about vaccinations (4-6 weeks before your trip).
Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG). Hepatitis B if you might be exposed to blood, have sexual contact with the local population, be exposed through medical treatment, or stay longer than 6 months. (Hepatitis B is recommended for infants and for children 11-12 years of age who did not receive it as infants.) Typhoid. If you are arriving within 6 days from a country where Yellow Fever is active you will need to produce a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.

In recent years the global pandemics such as SARS, bird flu and swine flu have been transmitted and exacerbated by international travel. It is not uncommon to find temperature scanning technology on flights and arrivals, travellers who have a high temperature, fever and other symptoms may be asked to step aside for additional testing and in extreme cases quarantined. Please contact your local China Links Travel representative in the event of a serious condition that requires hospitalisation so that we can provide assistance at the earliest opportunity and ensure you are given the best possible treatment.