Health Information for Vietnam

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City ! We know you will enjoy your time at ISHCMC, and living in Ho Chi Minh City.

In order to get the most out of your stay, both academically and socially, you need to remain as healthy as possible. To try and help you stay healthy please read the pages about health information in Ho Chi Minh City. We have included some tips about information that you may already be aware of...'how to avoid sunburn' or 'diarrhoea/food poisoning. Depending upon where you have moved from, some topics may be new for you; Dengue fever, Rabies and Snake bites to name a few! If you have any questions at all, please contact the school clinic.


1. When should I keep my child at home? 

  • You should keep your child at home if their temperature is 37.7 C or higher
  • If your child has vomited in the last 24 hours
  • If your child has had diarrhoea in the last 24 hours
  • If you have any other reason to believe your child is unfit to go to school (e.g headache)
  • If your child has a rash that has not been seen by a doctor

If your child is home with a temperature, they can't return to school until their temperature is below 37.7C and they have not taken any medication for their temperature in the last 24 hours. If your child has a temperature, and you give him/her medication and send them to school, we will phone you to come and collect them again. A child with a temperature (even on medication) is contagious and can spread their germs to others.  Please be considerate.   

2. Does my child need to take antibiotics when he or she is sick?

Antibiotics are very powerful medications. They should only be used when prescribed to treat bacterial infections. If your child has a viral infection, antibiotics will not cure it, help him or her to feel better, or prevent someone else from getting the virus.

3. If mucus from the nose changes from clear to yellow or green, does this mean that  my child needs an antibiotic?

Colds are caused by viruses and should not be treated with antibiotics. Yellow or green mucus does not mean that your child has a bacterial infection.  It is normal for the mucus  to get thick and change colour during a viral cold.