Travel medicine and vaccination before planning a trip to Bali
From our experiences, it is best to visit your doctor at least 4 – 6 weeks before you travel to Bali to get vaccines or travel medicine you may need.
We prepared a list of vaccines and medicines, which are required, recommended and optional to provide the risk of the most common diseases or viruses if you travel to Bali.
Routine vaccines are recommended for everyone in the country you are living. It is important to update the routine vaccinations while traveling to Bali or any other destination. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Routine vaccination reduces the exposure to germs.
Hepatitis A vaccine provides the acute infections diseases of the liver caused by the Hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is usually spread by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Regardless of where are you eating or staying. This vaccine protects you to eat and drink safely.
Typhoid vaccine is recommended for people at high risk or if you are traveling to areas where the disease is common. Typhoid fever is a serious disease spread by contaminated food or water. The risk is higher with the poor sanitation and poor hygiene. This vaccine protects you to eat and drink safely.
Optional vaccination and travel medicine
Malaria medicines protect you from disease spread trough mosquito bites. Travelers can protect themselves from malaria by taking prescription medicine before, during and after your trip. Be careful when spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. It is recommended to take medicines if you plan your trip on locations, where Malaria is a very common disease.
Rabies vaccine protects you from disease spread when an infected animal scratches or bites another animal or human. Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Indonesia. This vaccine protects travelers who are involved in outdoor activities, who will be working with animals, people who are taking long trips and children who play a lot with animals.
Japanese Encephalitis vaccine protects you from disease spread through mosquito bites. It is recommended to get vaccinated if you plan your trip more than a month, depending the location and time of year you are traveling.
Hepatitis B vaccine protects you from infectious disease caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV), which affects the liver. It is recommended to get vaccinated if you might have sex with a new partner, have any medical procedures, or get a tattoo or piercing because this virus it transmitted trough blood, blood products, and other body fluids.
Summary of the vaccines and travel medicine you need for Bali
The crucial keys staying healthy and safe on your trip to Bali are:
- Get vaccinated
- Take antimalarial medicines
- Eat and drink safely
- Prevent bug bites
- Keep away from animals
- Reduce your exposure to germs
- Avoid sharing body fluids
- Avoid non-sterile medical or cosmetic equipment
Do not forget, vaccines and medicines can not protect you from many diseases if you travel to Bali, so your behaviors are very important.