Vietnam does not require any vaccinations for entry.
However we recommend that at least two months before departure for Vietnam, you visit a travel clinic or an individual doctor specializing in travel medicine to discuss any possible vaccinations.
We follow the vaccination guidelines of the Centers For Disease Control for Vietnam (CDC).
The CDC recommends:
Routine vaccines: Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Hepatitis A Hepatitis: You can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Vietnam, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
Typhoid: You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Vietnam. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
Malaria is not present in Ho Chi Minh City where our volunteer programs are based.