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Vaccinations for Bali

Vaccinations for Bali

Bali has been a main tourist destinations for many Irish travellers to Indonesia. The island is well developed for the tourist industry and generally the climate is tropical and humid throughout the year. There are no essential vaccinations for Bali entry to the island from Ireland. However for your personal protection travellers are recommended to consider vaccination cover against a number of diseases, depending on the type of trip and length of stay you are planning.

Vaccinations for Indonesia

02:24 Thu 20th Jun, 2024

Malaria There is a high risk of malaria in Irian Jaya (Papua). There is a low risk in Bali, Lombok and the islands of Java and Sumatra.

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Tetanus

Tetanus is contracted through contaminated cuts, bites and breaks in the skin. The vaccination provides cover for approximately 10 years in the majority of patients. It is frequently combined with cover against other diseases such as Poliomyelitis, Diphtheria and/or Pertussis.

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Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a common disease in many of the hotter regions of the world and usually contracted through contaminated food and water. Cover against Hepatitis A can be given alone or combined with protection against Hepatitis B. Once completed, the Hepatitis A vaccination (given on two occasions 6 to 12 months apart) provides cover for approximately 25 years in the majority of patients.

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Typhoid

Typhoid is a bacterial disease contracted through contaminated food and water. Once completed, the Typhoid vaccination given on one occasion provides cover for between 2 to 3 years in the majority of patients

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Poliomyelitis

Poliomyelitis is a viral disease transmitted through oral/faecal contamination and the respiratory route. The vaccine is combined with cover against Tetanus and Diphtheria. Most travellers who have completed their primary course of childhood vaccines will only require a single booster dose to provide cover. Once completed it is expected that cover should last for 10 years.

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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a viral disease which is usually transmitted in a very similar fashion to HIV/AIDS through contact with infected body fluids (eg blood exposure and sexually). This vaccine can be combined with cover against Hepatitis A. The standard schedule for Hepatitis B is to administer the vaccine on days 0, 28 and 180. A more rapid schedule can be used in cases where cover is needed more urgently and this is administered on days 0, 7, 21 to 28 and also 365. Following either course (and not before completion) a blood test can be taken to confirm sufficient antibody protection. Where the correct level of antibodies are showing (>10iu) the vaccination is recognised to provide cover for life.

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Rabies

Rabies is a viral disease which is usually transmitted through the bite, the lick or the scratch of any infected warm blooded animal. As per the current WHO guidance, the vaccine is usually administered on days 0 and between 7 and 28. Once a course is completed, the vaccination provides life long ‘immune memory’ in the majority of patients BUT after any possible exposure the individual always needs further vaccination to boost antibody production

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Meningococcal Meningitis

Meningococcal Meningitis is a bacterial disease which is usually transmitted through the respiratory route. The vaccine is given on one occasion and provides cover against four of the main forms of this disease. Once a course is completed the vaccination provides for over 10 years in the majority of patients.

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Cholera

Cholera / E coli are both food / water borne diseases. This oral vaccine is given on two occasions between 1 to 6 weeks apart before travel. The second dose (frequently given one week after the initial one) should be administered 7 days before potential exposure. Once completed the cover against Cholera is expected to be for about 2 years. The cover against E coli is shorter and thought to be effective for between 3 to 4 months. In travellers who have completed an initial primary course within the past 2 years a single further dose is sufficient to maintain this cover.

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Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese Encephalitis is a viral disease transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. The Ixiaro vaccine is given on two occasions one month apart with a third dose at 12 months. Once completed the vaccine is thought to provide cover for between 2 to 3 years but possibly longer.

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Vaccines for Bali

There are no essential vaccines for entry to Bali from Western Europe. However for your personal protection travellers are recommended to consider vaccination cover against a number of diseases. Travellers planning a more rural or extensive trip may need to consider taking cover against diseases like Hepatitis B, Japanese B Encephalitis, Rabies.

Mosquitoes and Insect Bites

Malaria transmission occurs throughout Indonesia all year but the risk in Bali is so low that antimalarials are not generally recommended for most tourists. Nevertheless for those visiting Lombok (overnight visits) the risk exists and so adequate antimalarial medication and insect repellents should be used.

Other mosquito borne diseases also occur throughout Indonesia and care must be taken to avoid insect bites at all times.

In Jakarta and other main cities there is a particular problem with a viral disease called Dengue Fever. The mosquito, which transmits this disease, typically bites during the day and in main urban centres. Travellers should have a good insect repellent containing DEET such as TMB DEET 55, wear long sleeves to cover your arms and long trousers, if possible choose an air-conditioned room, keep doors and windows closed and avoid using perfumes and aftershaves.

Food & Water

It is wise to maintain a high level of care with regard to your food and water while in Indonesia. This includes even those in high quality hotels but also particularly for those eating from street vendors. Bivalve shellfish (e.g. oysters, mussels, clams etc) should be avoided at all times due to inadequate cooking. Bottled water should be purchased from your hotel or good quality shops/supermarkets to ensure that it is pure.

Local Customs

The laws against illegal drugs are severe and travellers should ensure that they carry sufficient well-marked medication that they may require for their time in Bali and Indonesia. Travellers are required to show identification at any time and so carrying photocopies of your passport is a wise precaution. Keep all valuable documents in a safe place and do not flaunt personal wealth while travelling around the island.

The majority of those visiting Bali will enjoy the many tourist attractions on the island. However common-sense and care is required to ensure that you do not expose yourself to unnecessary risk.

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