Korea (Republic of Korea) Current
Advisories and Health Risks
Diphtheria and Polio
(Td -P )
should be up to date and given
every 10 yrs.
A is acquired from
contaminated food or water and can make people very sick. The vaccine
gives protection for 12 months. A second dose, which must be given
no sooner than 6 months, will boost this protection to at least
10-20 yrs, possibly lifetime. Hepatitis A vaccine, is mildly recommended
for all travellers to Korea as Korea is a very Westernized country
but may be considered for longer stays and if planning excursions
to neighboring countries..
is recommended for all travellers,
with the exception of short-term visitors who restrict their meals
to major restaurant and hotels. Because the typhoid vaccines are
only 60-70% effective, safe food and drink selection remains important.
B carrier rate in the
general populations is estimated at 6 to 9%. Hepatitis B is spread
it by infected blood, contaminated needles, and unprotected sex
(although even condoms do not
reduce the risk to zero), IV drugs, and blood transfusions. People
who will be staying longer than 3 months in countries where Hepatitis
B is very high are also recommended to have this vaccine. Hepatitis
B should be given in 2 full doses one month apart with a booster
dose after 6 months. All the different brands of Hepatitis A and
B are equally effective. Some people prefer the pre mixed vaccine
of Twinrix but if they use this vaccine they must receive 2 full
doses to be adequately protected against either Hep A or B for one
year. A third shot taken 6 months later completes the series.
Diarrhea is diarrhea
caused during travel by exposure to bacteria, viruses and parasites,
although it usually refers to the development of extreme symptoms
following a bacterial infection. We recommend of course that people
be careful with what they eat but travel l
er's diarrhea also happens to
those who are careful since they may be infected through another's
careless preparation of food. Pepto-Bismol and Imodium may be taken
for mild symptoms. We prescribe antibiotics to take at the early
stages of trave l ler's
diarrhea. We aim to prevent the loss of fluids and body salts, which
will make one very sick in a tropical environment. Travelers having
diarrhea starting after their trip may have an intestinal parasite.
If you suspect that you may have a parasite check with our clinic.
The vaccine Dukoral protects for about 20% of travelers' diarrhea
and lasts 3 months.
Low risk, but cases
of vivax malaria have increased
annually in the area bordering the DMZ .
Malaria prophylaxis is not currently
recommended for travellers, but the travellers should be aware of
the possibility of infection. All travellers should take measures
to prevent evening and the night mosquito bites at the DMZ.
Hemorrhagic Fever Risk
of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome present year-round, countrywide.
Elevated risk is associated with dusty, dry conditions and peak
rodent populations. The virus (Hantaavirus) that causes hemorrhagic
fever with renal syndrome is transmitted by infected rodent secretions.
Most cases occur from October through December, associated with
peak human activity in rodent-infested areas during harvest.
Encephalitis Low risk.
There is no risk in Seoul. Cases of JE have been reported in the
southwest during the peak transmission season, June through October.
Vaccination is recommended for travellers who will be staying in
rural-agricultural endemic areas longer than 2 to 3weeks during
the peak transmission season. All travellers to rural areas should
take measures to prevent mosquito bites.
Embassy 10 th Floor,
Kolong Building, 45 Mugyo-Dong, Chung-Gu, Seoul :
Tel: 82-2-3455-6000 Fax: 82-2-3455-6123
Medical facilities are
of high quality. The U.S Embassy in Seoul and the U.S Consulate
in Pusan have lists of hospitals and medical specialists who speak
clinic (In Asan Medical Centre), Seoul. Tel: 2-224-5001or 5002 The
largest medical centre in South Korea, with more than 220 medical
and surgical specialists and many of them U. S and Canadian board-certified
clinic (In Samsung Medical Centre), Seoul Tel: 2-3410-0200 With
English speaking staffs.
International Korea Ltd. Provides 24hours emergency service for
foreigners, acting as a link between patient and Korean hospitals
for a fee: Tel: 02-790-7561
SOS: International SOS Ltd., 5 th Floor, Shindong Building, 726-164
Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-210, Seoul Korea: Alarm centre
Tel: 72-2-3140-1700; Fax: 72-790-6785.
Last Updated Feb 7