Vaccination for Bali Vaccination for Bali
Aerial view of Sanur beach, Bali, Indonesia.

Vaccination for Bali

Bali is often referred to as the Land of the gods. There are so many reasons you will like to visit Bali ranging from the natural beauty of looming volcanoes to many terraced rice fields that is serene and peaceful. Apart from the beautiful beach resorts and amazing nightlife, the land of Bali has a lot of amazing cultural heritage you will love, including arts and crafts, different dramatic dances and colourful ceremonies all year round.

Bali is a beautiful place that you can visit during one of your long holidays. It is our duty at The Travel Clinic London that you enjoy the good life shores that Bali provides in good health. Taking Bali travel vaccination will help boost your immune system against diseases common to this location.

The Vaccination requirement differs from one person to another; each traveller must take a personal risk assessment with our travel health professionals at The Travel Clinic London to take factors such as medical condition, itinerary, occupational and lifestyle risk factors as well as previous vaccination history into account.

Recommended vaccination for Bali trip

  1. Typhoid

Typhoid fever is caused by bacteria known as Salmonella typhi, and its common symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation in some cases. People contract Salmonella typhi from contaminated food and water, and it can stay in your body for long without exhibiting its symptoms.

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You can be infected with typhoid if you consume food in contact with an infected person even if the symptoms are not visible in such a person. Typhoid can be life-threatening if not treated, and vaccination is highly recommended before your Bali trip.

  1. Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

You will need to take two doses of MMR Vax Pro, which must be taken one month apart. You may experience side effects such as local reaction, pain, redness, inflammation, flu-like symptoms, or rash some weeks after vaccination. Pregnant women should avoid this vaccine and women intending to get pregnant should avoid this vaccine at least a month before getting pregnant.

Diphtheria (DTaP):

This is a highly contagious infection of the upper repertory caused by bacteria. The symptoms include high temperature and sore in your nose and throat areas. You can be easily susceptible if you are not vaccinated and severe cases of diphtheria can be fatal. The UK national vaccination schedule takes care of Diphtheria so you must be sure you are up to date with your immunisation schedule before travelling.

Other medical conditions and diseases

  1. Malaria

The risk of getting malaria in Bali is very low especially in main resorts area, but the probability may be higher if you visit rural areas for a longer period or when you engage in an activity like mountain trekking for a long time.  There is no vaccination for malaria so you should get yourself protected from mosquito bites if you are visiting local areas in Bali.

  1. Rabies

Rabies is contracted from animal bites. The outbreak of rabies between 2008 and 2010 led to serious culling of dogs in Bali. You should be watchful of stray dogs on your Bali travel and make sure your children do not get too close to them. Rabies vaccination may not really be needed except you want to take extra caution because the Bali government vaccinates thousands of dogs yearly.

  1. Diarrhoea (Bali Belly)

Diarrhoea is ranked the number one travel-related disease that is caused by hygiene or contaminated water and food. Diarrhoea breaks out in so many countries aside from Bali, so you should come along with some general anti-diarrheal drugs in case there is an outbreak. Symptoms may include loose stools, vomiting, strong cramps, blood in the stool and fever. Diarrhoea is not dangerous; symptoms can last for about day or two. You should see your doctor if symptoms persist for more than 3 days.

  1. Dengue fever

Dengue fever is a common disease to Balinese and visitors. Just like malaria, Dengue is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, and there is no vaccine against it; however, you can protect yourself from being bitten by mosquitoes.

The Aedes mosquitoes are mostly found in densely populated areas like the capital Denpasar. Dengue fever has no season; they occur all year round provided Aedes mosquitos are present. Dengue fever can be very painful and fatal in some cases. Its symptoms are fever, severe headache, aching joints and muscles, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms can take a few days to subside if there are no complications. Dengue fever is not always too serious when you get infected the first time as an adult, except you were infected in your childhood.

  1. HIV

It has been observed that there is a wild spread of HIV among prostitutes in Bali. HIV has no vaccine, so you should be cautious in the way you thread. Also, take note that there are so many other sexually transmitted diseases (STD) you should be mindful of.

Travel vaccination table for Bali

The table below is a summary of the travel vaccinations you will need before travelling to Bali.

Vaccination traveller requirement Major Risk factors Course Price per dose
Hepatitis B Some travellers Body fluid, medical intervention Hepatitis B, three-course £ 80
MMR All travellers Person to Person MMR, Measles, Mumps, Rubella course of Two £ 100
Cholera Some travellers Contaminated water and food Cholera, two-courses £ 35
Typhoid Most travellers Contaminated food or water Typhoid, single dose £ 95
Japanese Encephalitis Some travellers Mosquitoes Japanese Encephalitis, two-courses £150
Hepatitis A Some Traveller Contaminated food or water Hepatitis A, a single dose £ 60
Rabies Some travellers Infected Animals Rabies, course of three £ 90
DTaP All travellers Person to Person Tetanus, diphtheria, polio, single dose £ 85

Additional Travel Health Risks for Bali

Bali is a lovely place to visit. To be safe and healthy when you visit, you must be mindful of these travel health risks below.

  • Animals

You can get infected from animal bites. Infections like Rabies can be gotten from animal bites such as street dogs, cats, bats and rodents, which are very common throughout the cities and rural areas of Bali. In case you are bitten, you should seek medical help immediately.

  • Insects

Diseases such as Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis and Dengue Fever, are caused by an insect bite. Wearing insect repellent such as DEET 50% or wearing clothes that cover your skin are ways you can avoid insect bite.

  • Food

There are so many foods with low hygiene standards because some of them were locally made so you should be mindful of what you eat. You should avoid eating uncooked vegetables because some of them might be infected. Some locally brewed wine like the one referred to as the wine of the gods may not be hygienic for some people.

  • Heat and humidity

Daytime temperature can be very hot between May and September. Temperature can be as high as 330C at this period, which can cause sunburn or heatstroke. You should use a good sunblock lotion with SPF 20 or higher when you want to lounge at the beach; you should also dress very light and drink a lot of water to keep you hydrated.

  • Drinking-water

Drinking water that is not hygienic can lead to stomach upset or worse conditions, which can make you not to enjoy your stay. You should take note of the water you drink while on your trip or better still, you can settle for drinking bottled mineral water which can be found anywhere in Bali.

  • Travel insurance

Comprehensive travel health insurance can protect you and your family on your travel to Bali covering all your itinerary including potentially risky activities such as surfing or diving

  • Diarrhoea

This is often referred to as travellers’ diarrhoea.  Washing your hands regularly with alcohol gel and being mindful of what you take into your mouth can go a long way to protect you.

Bali has an amazing cultural lifestyle, exclusive beaches, and bustling nightlife — it is probably one of the best places to visit. If you consider visiting Bali on your next holiday, you will need a guide on vaccination you need for your Bali trip.

The Travel Clinic London can give you all the information on the vaccination you need to stay healthy on your travel. Visit us Suit F, 117A Harley Street, Marylebone, LondonW1G 6AT, London, UK or call us on 02037457527 to schedule a meeting.

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