Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city? No vaccinations are required to enter South Korea, however it is recommended that immunizations be up-to-date for all A, diphtheria, tetanus, polio (DTP) and typhoid. Hepatitis A can be contracted through food and water. Given the lack of enforcement of sanitation rules prevalent in some against Hepatitis A is highly recommended. This vaccine is given usually in two doses in the muscle of the upper arm. The weeks after initial vaccination; the second booster dose, given six to twelve months later, provides protection for up to twenty For up-to-date information on the vaccinations required for travel to Korea and all other countries, check the WHO website List, then to Korea under "K." Yellow dust from the semi-arid and desert areas of China and Mongolia descends on the Korean Peninsula each spring can be harmful to human health. The very young, the elderly, and those who are sick or who suffer from asthma or heart eliminate outdoor activity on days when yellow dust levels are above 400 μg/m3 (parts per million per cubic meter of air). outdoor activity, especially if it involves heavy physical exertion, on days when dust levels are predicted to be above 800 dust monitoring system, please see the Korean Meteorological Administration’s webpage: http://web.kma.go.kr/eng/index.jsp You can also get medical referrals for all types of doctors, hospitals and clinics in Seoul from the English-speaking Medical Metropolitan Government. Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat? In the event of a medical emergency, it's best to take along a Korean-speaking person if possible, as hospitals or clinics English-speaking skills. Alternatively, you can write out your medical symptoms and/or condition in English. PHYSICIANS/INTERNATIONAL CLINICS: A number of hospitals in Seoul have clinics staffed by English-speaking physicians and nurses who can coordinate appointments the doctor has set up or been hired in an international clinic mainly because he/she trained abroad (usually North America However, the doctors are very willing to connect you with a specialist if you need one and will interpret for you, either directly NOTE THAT: 1. Koreans do not have the same sense of privacy that Westerners do, so don't be embarrassed if the doctor asks to examine is an issue for you, you can ask to have a screen put up. 2. The wait time for medical treatment in hospitals can be quite long, even in the emergency unit. 3. In an emergency, you should take some cash with you (at least W500,000-W1,000,000) because some hospitals accept ATM machines located throughout most hospitals. 4. An international medical insurance card is not recognized as a form of pre-payment. You will have to pay your medical discharged. If you have global coverage, you can then submit the receipt to them for reimbursement. Some private hospitals accept National Health Insurance and while this is allegedly not legal, there is little that one can apparently do. As long as can enroll in the National Health Insurance plan; if your employer does not provide coverage, you can enroll yourself. Compared policy rates in some Western countries, the cost is not prohibitive. 5. If you are admitted to the hospital through the international clinic, your bill will likely be higher than if you had gone directly of the hospital’s other departments. 6. Korean physicians sometimes give the worst-case prognosis first and then go on to the less serious ones. Don’t panic, just a question of style and culture. What is the word for "doctor" in the local language? "Ui-sa" What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider? Seoul Global Center runs a 24-hour Medical Referral Service. Calls are taken by medically trained, English-speaking foreign Contact numbers: 010-4769-8212 or 010-8750-8212. (Note: emergency calls only from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.) Originally begun by the volunteer expat organization FOCUS (Foreigners’ Community Service) as the Medical and Counseling transferred to the Seoul Help Center for Foreigners in 2004. It is now run by the Seoul Gobal Center. Another good way is by talking with colleagues and friends. Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go? No. There are many hospitals and foreign clinics with English-speaking doctors. Many of the doctors have been educated surgeons are some of the best in the world. What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police. Police: 112 Fire and Emergency Ambulance: 119 Medical Emergency: 1339 International SOS Korea provides a 24-hour emergency service for foreigners, acting as a link between patients and Korean hospitals for a fee. Tel: +82 (2) 3140 1700. What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable? Police: 112 Fire and Emergency Ambulance: 119 Emergency Medical Information Center: 1339 International SOS Korea Ltd: (02) 3140 1700 (24 hours) How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language? There are many of them; one on almost every street corner. Below are signs that are easily identifiable. Pharmacy is called "Yak-guk" and medicine is called "Yak." Is the water safe to drink? The Seoul Metropolitan Government has taken steps to clean up the water system in recent years and states that tap water continue to use water purifiers or filters in their homes or have water delivered as needed. Diamond Water: 335-5171 IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.