VACCINATIONS AND INNOCULATIONS FOR INDONESIA
The advice below is general, because many visitors not only visit Bali but also combine their travels with other parts of Indonesia. Personal situations, such as age, medication, duration of stay and the kind of trip (luxury or basic) have not been taken into account here. All these aspects may influence your personal advice. A pharmacy can give you a complete and personal advice tailored to you. Contact your pharmacy well in advance of your departure and obtain information on risks regarding diseases you can contract in the tropics and specify which parts of Indonesia you intend to visit.
You can get vaccinated for the diseases below:
• Diphtheria Tetanus Polio – recommended
• Hepatitis A – recommended
• Malaria – advice and medical prescription
• Yellow fever – in some cases compulsory
• Typhoid fever – recommended
• Denque fever – advice
• Hepatitis B – depends on person/trip
• TBC – depends on person/trip
• Rabies – depends on person/trip
• Japanese encephalitis – depends on person/trip
Due to e.g. bad hygienic circumstances (which, by the way, can occur anywhere in the world) water and food can be or become contaminated with various viruses and bacteria, resulting in you contracting traveller’s diarrhoea for example. To reduce the chance of contracting an infectious disease, take the following precautions:
• Wash your hands well after using the restroom, before you eat and before you start cooking
• Drink mineral water (still or carbonated), tea, fruit juice and such drinks
• Never drink tap water
• Brush your teeth with bottled water
• Do not drink milk that has not been boiled
• Do not use ice cubes (made from tap water) or unpacked ice
• If you do the cooking yourself: wash vegetables and fruit in clean (boiled or bottled) water
• Peel fruit yourself
• Only eat food that is well cooked. No raw or half-raw meat, fish or shellfish
• Protect your food against flies and other insects.
When it comes to food there is one golden rule: peel it, cook it, boil it, or forget it!
Always travel well prepared and make inquiries when travelling to tropical countries like Indonesia.