Vaccinations for Bali - the "routine" ones, the jabs you had as a child. You can ask your doctor if a "booster" for these is appropriate, especially because Measles is on the increase in Asia. Then the usual traveller's shots: Hep A, TB, Typhoid, Cholera.
I'd look at getting the Rabies shot too. This won't prevent rabies if you're bitten by an infected dog or monkey, but it will give you some breathing space. Unless treated Rabies is fatal. Treatment is a series of 3 shots, the first of which you can take PRE-exposure... but you'll still need the other 2 - and treatment must be commenced as soon as possible. There's a shortage of the rabies vaccine worldwide, and especially in Bali. So, having had the first shot will make any delay less critical, because if you can't get treatment on Bali, consider cutting short your holiday and get home - quick smart.
Have a look at my Rabies ALERT on the WorldNomads site:
http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/story/62910/Indonesia/Rabies-Alert-for-Bali about 10 years ago
There are 3 travel sites that should be consulted when traveling abroad. I've listed the main sites for each below. The first is the World Health Organization that tracks diseases and epidemics world wide. They make a recommendation or the inoculations that should be taken before traveling to any part of the world. The other that does this is the U.S. State Department websites. I believe they obtain their information from WHO, but it is nice to have all the info the State Department puts on their website in one location. There are traveling tips, travel advisories and warnings, if any for any country along with the recommended shots that should be taken. They also provide information regarding visas required - you'll need one for Indonesia. It can be obtained in advance through the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C. or their Consulate in Houston, Texas. You can also obtain a 30 day visa upon arrival at Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta.
P.S. one suggestion the State Department gives I've lived by for 30 years of travel. "If you can't cook it, peel it or wash it - don't eat it." Most of the upscale restaurants tourist areas try not to infect the tourists. I have always traveled with Immodium just in case. Mosquito borne illnesses are existent there, so have some bug spray on for the evening hours. Have fun in Bali.
www.state.gov/ almost 10 years ago
Been to Bali, Lombok and the Gilis several times and didn't need any vaccination just be careful with tap water & make sure you get a good travel insurance.
Hope this helps
Ciao from Italy
http://ItalyTravelista.com almost 10 years ago
Hi, Phil again:
Pax is half right: You CAN get a vaccine for Typhoid, and for the sake of a jab, get it. There's no vaccine for Dengue, true, but by taking proper precautions you can limit your exposure.
There's been a big jump in cases of Dengue worldwide this year - about triple the rate of previous years, it's a big problem.... and tourists DO get it. 150 West Australians have returned home with Dengue this year. Have a look at this piece I wrote for WorldNomads.com:
One other point (and this relates to Nancy's answer): if WHO or CDC or your government recommend certain vaccinations for a destination, and you don't get them, you could leave yourself open to having any travel insurance claim rejected (because you didn't follow expert advice). This would be a big problem if you were "unlucky" and got typhoid.
Don't mean to be picky (apologies to Pax and Nancy), but this is complicated, tricky stuff. I just want you to be armed with ALL the information, so you can make an informed choice.
Phil almost 10 years ago