Bringing Up Babies, Toddlers and Children in Vietnam

Everything for parents with young children living in Vietnam: with information on health matters and childcare...

Vietnam is a very child-friendly country and children are welcome in most places. Vietnamese people seem to really love babies and toddlers, especially western ones, and will often pay them a lot of attention. Although activities aimed specifically at children are not commonplace, there are many child-friendly activities and entertainment options available for families.


Vietnam’s health care system does not cover expenses at international hospitals where paediatricians can speak English. It is therefore advisable to have private medical insurance and to ensure that international hospitals are covered in the insurance package.

In Vietnam a medical book is issued by hospitals and medical centres and provides a record of the child’s medical history. It should be taken to each consultation.

When a child reaches the age of one he or she should be taken for both a medical and dental check-up.


Vietnam has a National Immunisation Programme for babies and children up to the age of 36 months. Recommended vaccinations from one year of age include:

12-months old:

  • Japanese B encephalitis – two vaccinations with an interval of one to two weeks; third vaccination after one year

15-months old:

  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) combination vaccine – one dose

18-months old:

  • A+C meningoencephalitis – one dose (repeated every three years)

24-months old:

  • Hepatitis A – two injections six months apart
  • Pneumonia – one injection (repeated every five years)
  • Typhoid – one injection (repeated every three years)

36-months old:

  • Influenza – one dose

For further information about recommended vaccinations from birth see the Post-natal Care page.