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Health and safety in Indonesia

If you don’t want to be unpleasantly surprised by immunity problems, flu, or more serious health issues once you arrive in Indonesia, you should thoroughly inform yourself about ways of preserving your health condition on its highest level.

In order to help you raise your awareness about different factors which may influence your health, we are going to highlight some of the crucial recommendations which will help you in staying healthy during your Indonesian adventure.

How to remain healthy in Indonesia?

Potential diseases and conditions

Vaccines - Indonesia

Vaccines – Indonesia

Even though it is not required to have some special vaccinations before traveling to Indonesia, it is recommended for you to have your routine vaccines before going anywhere (MMR, DTP, polio and chickenpox vaccine, as well as the yearly flu shot). Travelers are also recommended to bring vaccines for:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Cholera
  • Japanese encephalitis

Of course, not every traveler will need all of these vaccines. Your doctor will be able to tell you which ones should be brought, based on your immune system. Some other conditions which can be present in this country, but also easily avoided if you take care of your lifestyle during your vacation, are:

  • Toxoplasmosis

As an infection provoked by a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, Toxoplasmosis is a condition which is worldwide common and does not include experiencing obvious symptoms. Your immune system is usually strong enough to deal with infection and prevent complications.

  • Schistosomiasis

This condition is also known as snail fever and it is provoked by parasitic worms. Main symptoms of the disease refer to diarrhea, bloody urine and pain in the stomach area. One of the basic ways of preventing this condition is taking care of hygiene.

  • Malaria

The condition of malaria is an infectious condition which can affect both animals and humans. Symptoms of this disease refer to fever, nausea, headaches, etc., and it is transmitted by mosquitos’ bites.

  • Dengue fever

Dengue fever is another disease provoked by mosquito. This virus is related to these which cause yellow fever and West Nile infection, and it is recognized by symptoms such as sudden fever, painful joints and muscles, headaches, pain in the eyes, etc.

Don't forget mosquito repellent in Indonesia

Don’t forget mosquito repellent in Indonesia

  • Tuberculosis and HIV.

There are also some conditions which may appear after being bitten by a monkey, such as rabies and herpes B, so be careful when feeding them.

Large cities are affected by air pollution so if you are dealing with asthma, you are strongly recommended to wear a mask.

How to prevent these conditions?

Going to a foreign country definitely is not a game, but to make sure that you’ll remain healthy, you will have to follow some “basic rules” which will protect your immune system.

Whatever you do, you should be sure:

bottled water - Indonesia

bottled water – Indonesia

  • That you only drink bottled water
  • That you peel the fruits before eating them
  • That you cook the vegetables before eating them
  • That you walk with your shoes on
  • That you wear long-sleeved clothes and mosquito repellent, which will protect you from malaria and dengue fever.

If your vacation is based on staying in nature, you should have malaria prophylactic treatment.

This means that you are strongly recommended to avoid:

  • Drinking water from wells and springs, especially if you find them in wild parts of the country
  • Eating freshly picked vegetables which didn’t go through heat treatment
  • Walking barefoot
    Avoid walking barefoot in Indonesia

    Avoid walking barefoot in Indonesia

Fresh vegetables and unpeeled fruit may cause condition of diarrhea, especially if you have sensitive stomach. In that case, you are also not recommended to eat food which is sold at street stalls. Consuming ice can also affect your digestive system.