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Travel Vaccinations for Bali
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Bali
Recommended Vaccinations for Bali at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies
|Vaccination||Major Risk Factors||Course||Price|
|MMR||Person-to-Person||Course of Two||£60|
|Hepatitis A||Person-to-Person||Single Dose||£86|
|Cholera||Person-to-Person||Course of Two||£47.50|
|Hepatitis B||Person-to-Person||Course of Three||£66|
|Japanese Encephalitis||Person-to-Person||Course of Two||£151|
|Rabies||Person-to-Person||Course of Three - intramuscular||£66|
Advice for Travellers to all Destinations
The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.
All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.
Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.
Risk of Malaria in Bali
Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.
There is a very low risk of malaria in Bali however travellers are advised to be risk assessed for travel to any part of Indonesia, including Bali. This involves consulting a professional who will be able to tailor your Bali travel vaccinations to you.
If you are travelling throughout Indonesia, there is a high risk in neighbouring Lombok Island as well as Irian Jaya. There is a risk throughout the rest of Indonesia, with the exception of Jakarta.
Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
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Further Travel Health Advice for Bali
Take steps to avoid heat stroke and sunburn. In the dry season in Bali, from May to September, daytime temperatures range from 22 to 33, and when engaging in water sports or lounging at the beach, take care to use a good sun block lotion with SPF 20 or higher. Apply liberally and often. When on tour, remember to wear light clothing and bring lots of water with you.
Animal Bites expose you to a range of infections including Rabies. Street dogs, cats, bats and rodents are common throughout the cities and rural areas of Bali. If you get bitten or scratched you will need to get urgent medical attention.
Insect bites expose travellers to many diseases in Bali including Dengue Fever, Malaria and Japanese Encephalitis. While citronella candles and other natural repellents are lovely to smell, they aren’t always as effective as something more heavy duty, like DEET 50%. Lonely Planet has some excellent tips to help keep you bite-free and enjoying the beaches.
After a day of snorkelling and tanning, you can look forward to being dazzled by Balinese cuisine, like Babi Guling, roast suckling pig marinated for hours in spices, or try one of these top 10 traditional Balinese dishes. Try lunching at a local warung, which is like a café, where such dishes as sweet and sour pork, or curried chicken, and salad with spicy peanut dressing, are all displayed behind a glass screen.
Scattered about Denpasar you will find roadside carts, called Kaki Lima that sell all sorts of snacks including fried chicken, duck egg omelettes and pancakes filled with palm sugar. But, take care since many of these have low hygiene standards and, at times, use unwashed plates.
Avoid eating uncooked vegetables and food that has been cooking for a long time, especially rice. Coconut milk, and fresh juices made with lime and watermelon are good ways to quench your thirst, and if it’s a cold beer you want, Bintang is the local brew. Bali produces some of its own wine, under the name Wine of the Gods, and imports Australian grape juice which is fermented to produce Two Islands wine.
It is best to ensure that your holiday in beautiful Bali is not ruined by tummy upset, or worse. Stay healthy and drink bottled mineral water which can be found anywhere you go. Your jabs for Bali should possibly include typhoid – check with a medical professional to see if this is advisable for your trip. Remember to drink often and whether it be water or fruit juices, replenish fluids throughout the day.
Protect yourself, and your family, with comprehensive travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any potentially risky activities, such as surfing or diving. Be sure to double check the contract, depending on the insurer. Sometimes activities such as riding on a scooter aren’t included.
Aside from observing the normal precautions, visitors are very safe in Bali. When on tour, and especially in urban areas, protect yourself against insect bites by using insecticide and wearing long sleeves and long trousers to cover exposed skin, since Malaria and Dengue fever are a concern in Bali.
Should you require health care in Bali, you can choose from any one of the 6 hospitals in Denpasar, with Sanglah hospital being the main public facility. There are excellent clinics across Bali, with advanced facilities and procedures, but it is important that you arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need, since cash payment is often required. Many of these facilities honour foreign travel insurance policies, so do check with the clinic beforehand.