Going to Bali?

Most people who go to Bali let their guard down because it's so familiar and close by. Bali is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and as a result, a very popular destination, full of upscale hotels and resorts., but just because you are staying at a 4 or 5 star location doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider your health prior to departing for your trip. Even in Bali, there can be some serious medical issues that all travellers should be aware of and, when appropriate, take the necessary steps to ensure you have a happy and healthy holiday.

The most common medical issues facing travellers to Bali are related to poor local hygiene, safe water and food, and diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. It is reported that up to 40% of tourists may deal with diarrhoea, so be sure to pack appropriate medication in case your are affected. It is also strongly recommended that travellers are vaccinated against hepatitis A, a viral disease that is transmitted via contaminated food or drinking water. Other highly recommended immunizations include tetanus and diphtheria, as well as typhoid, which is suggested for adventurous travellers who plan to venture “off the beaten path.”

Travellers are also warned to avoid close contact with animals as there have been reports of animal and human rabies in Bali. While immunizations are not necessary, if you are bitten by an animal, you must report to a medical professional immediately for post-exposure treatment. While travellers are recommended to use protection against mosquitoes, the risk of being infected with malaria is very low in Bali, especially in the tourist areas.