Travel vaccinations for Bali
There are a few different factors at play here:
- Will you be spending your time backpacking and getting off the beaten track, or is Bali enticing you for its luxury resorts and 5-star cuisine?
- Do you have a history of disease or other health complications?
- Have you had any vaccinations in the last few years?
What injections do I need for Bali?
All Travellers: Routine Vaccinations / Injections: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: Hepatitis B, Rabies, Cholera and Japanese Encephalitis
Depending on how old you are, your National Immunisations Programme may still cover you for some of the Bali vaccinations in UK. However, these won’t cover you for everything. The vaccinations on the UK National Schedule are generally designed to provide protection in the UK only. Your immunisations for Bali are a whole different kettle of, perfectly cooked in coconut, fish. So, if you’re asking yourself: “what jabs do I need for Bali?” just see the list below:
Rabies is an issue in Bali due to the large numbers of stray animals carrying the disease, particularly dogs, cats and monkeys. Every few years, the media will scaremonger about an outbreak after someone is bitten. However, rabies is a steady, ongoing problem.
So, do you need a rabies jab for Bali?
The first thing to note is that, if you do catch it, rabies is an incurable disease. It’s also particularly prevalent in tourist areas as the animals grow wiser to what can be gained (food and attention).
So you can certainly try and prevent it by avoiding animal contact but, in these areas, it can be difficult to do this. It’s common for an animal to approach an unknowing tourist and these animals won’t necessarily show the stereotypical rabies symptoms that we’re used to. A medical professional can let you know whether a rabies jab for Bali is advisable, based on the type of travel you have planned.
MMR – Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Globally, there has been a rise in measles and this is particularly prevalent in Indonesia. So, it’s important to ensure that your childhood vaccinations are all up to date.
If you and your partner have conceived, or you are considering it, see a medical professional about your trip to Bali. They will be able to give you the most up to date information and advise on any injections needed for Bali. If you feel you’ve been exposed to Zika we can do a Zika blood test to check infection status.
Typhoid is contracted through food and water, and there are plenty of places for infected water, especially, to hide. In the freshly washed salad at a local food joint or the ice cubes of a Coca Cola. Your jabs needed for Bali may or may not include this depending on where you are staying and if you know exactly where you plan on eating.
You’re most likely to contract Hepatitis A from faecal matter – poo – and you’re most likely to encounter faecal matter on food. Unpleasant, we know. A medical professional will sometimes recommend this Bali vaccination for people who won’t always know the hygiene standards of where they’ll be eating.
Bali in Indonesia, and her neighbouring islands, Lombok and the Gilis, are living proof that paradise does exist.
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Bali. 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.
|Vaccination||All Travellers||Most Travellers||Some Travellers||Major Risk|
|MMR||Yes||Person-to-Person||Measles, mumps, rubella, Course of Two||£50|
|DTaP||Yes||Person-to-Person||Tetanus, Diptheria, polio, Single Dose||£40|
|Typhoid||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Typhoid, single dose||£50|
|Hepatitis A||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Hepatitis A, Single Dose||£60|
|Cholera||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Cholera, for course of 2||£35|
|Hepatitis B||Yes||Body Fluids, Medical Intervention||Hepatitis B, Course of Three||£65|
|Japanese Encephalitis||Yes||Mosquitoes||Japanese encephalitis, Course of Two||£90|
|Rabies||Yes||Infected Animals||Rabies, Course of Three||£65|
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.
Risk of malaria in Bali
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.
What is malaria?
Malaria is a viral illness spread by mosquitoes that bite from dusk to dawn throughout the tropical world. It causes high fever and severe joint and muscle pains. In serious cases, malaria can be fatal. In some cases, symptoms of malaria can take up to a year to show.
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. Prevention is also particularly helpful – use insect repellent such as DEET 50% and cover exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
Ensuring that your travel injections for Bali are sound and up to date means ensuring that your holiday is about white sand beaches, friendly people, local cuisine and not local hospitals.
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 Repellant such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
Yellow fever risk and certification requirements for Bali
Yellow Fever is a serious viral illness spread by mosquitoes in the tropical regions of Africa and South America. There is No Risk of Yellow Fever in Bali or anywhere in Indonesia but there is a certificate requirement.
Under International Health Regulations (2005), travellers who have been to an area affected by Yellow Fever, or who have travelled via an airport of a country affected, are required to present an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICVP) before they are allowed to enter Cambodia.
Most common health hazards in Bali
Heat and humidity
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.
Avoid travellers diarrhoea by using alcohol gel, wash your hands regularly and monitor what you are putting in your mouth. We have several travel packs that can reduce your symptoms of travelers diarrhoea.
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.
Seeking treatment abroad
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.
In the neighbourhood, Southeast Asia
If you are travelling further afield throughout Southeast Asia make sure you check out the vaccination injections that you need for every country that you are going to.