South Korea Vaccination Recommendations

South Korea Vaccination Recommendations

The following travel vaccinations are recommended when traveling to South Korea, based on historical disease patterns in that country. They represent the typical diseases endemic or prevalent in South Korea for which there are highly effective vaccines available offering strong protection against the disease.

There are may be other diseases which are prevalent in South Korea but which are not shown here because either there are no vaccines available to combat the disease, or because the vaccines available are not highly effective in protecting travelers from the disease. In these cases, other travel health protection measures should be followed. Please click on the "Read More" links to the right of each travel disease listed below to find out more about these other travel health precautionary measures while traveling to South Korea.

In addition to the typical or endemic disease pattern information presented here, please check the Global Travel Alerts and Travel Health Advisories page which contains the latest information on any current outbreaks that may be occurring in South Korea.

In addition to reading the vaccination recommendations for South Korea on this page, booking a consultation appointment with your local travel clinic or nearest immunization center will help ensure you are aware of all the vaccination requirements and other health precautions advised while traveling to South Korea.

CDC Vaccination Recommendations for South Korea in East Asia
Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection where exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with "standard" tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviors.
Recommended for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission, especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).
Recommended if you plan to visit rural farming areas and under special circumstances, such as a known outbreak of Japanese encephalitis.
Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in South Korea, especially if staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water.

For more information on travel health risks and vaccination recommendations while traveling to South Korea,
please see the CDC website entry for South Korea.